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Wharf security strengthened

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SECURITY at the Queen Elizabeth Wharf in Lautoka has been further strengthened with the introduction of new CCTV surveillance cameras at the port.

While commissioning the new upgraded security cameras, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said the new surveillance system would take the port to international standards.

"We understand the importance of ports in Fiji," he said.

"It is the gateway for our trade, it is the gateway for our inter-connection with foreign countries.

"Even though we have an international airport, it mostly focuses on passengers so our ports were very important for exporting cargo.

"About 95 per cent of our cargo goes through ports."

He said to cater to the high reliance on local ports, technology needed to be of the highest calibre.

"It is very important that we install or put in place technology that overlooks the wharf and also takes us to international standards which is very important.

"There are a lot of developments going in the Western Division, and there are a lot of containers going through Lautoka, for example, the Fiji Water containers which are delivered to the United States and for a country like the US, they have high international standards and regulations when it comes to transnational link and we need to meet those international standards."