Focus on cargo control

THE Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd (FPCL) handles more than 50 per cent of Fiji’s export and import cargo in Suva and is responsible for all declared sea ports in Fiji.

FPCL chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said apart from this, they handled 42 per cent of export and imported cargo through Lautoka and about 3 per cent at Malau, Vanua Levu.

He said transhipment had increased from 7 per cent to 11 per cent and cargo volumes had increased.

“In terms of the ports that are managed privately for example Denarau in Nadi, they don’t come under the jurisdiction of FPCL neither the ports in Savusavu or jetties.

“The Natovi and Nabouwalu jetties come under the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA),” Mr Piyasena said.

He made the comment after presenting their 2015 annual report before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs.

“In terms of safety especially in the local wharf revamping project, we work to ensure the safety of passengers,” he said.

“Through the income from these local wharves which are not very significant, we have revamped some of the areas.

“Things that we maintain include the waiting shed which is at a cost of half a million dollars.”

He added that was part of their social obligation.

Meanwhile, the partly privatisation process carried out in FPCL in 2013 and 2015 has improved transhipment in the ports.

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