More ports

FIJI will need more ports to cater for more vessels in 2017, the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited said.

While there’s no confirmation on the number of ports Fiji will need, or the locations that may have been identified for this purpose, FPCL said the corporation would focus on long-term capital investment to upgrade and modernise facilities and equipment to meet the growing trade and industry demand.

FPCL chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said Fiji, as the hub of the Pacific, had ports big enough to cater for vessels of all sizes.

FPCL, a state owned commercial company, owns and operates four major ports in Fiji.

These are the Port of Suva, Port of Lautoka, Port of Malau in Vanua Levu and Port of Levuka in the Old Capital Levuka.

The Port of Suva is Fiji’s largest, busiest and biggest container and general port that provides the maritime gateway to the country’s Capital City.

The 2012 Fiji Ports company’s financial report states that Fiji Ports recorded strong trading results for the year highlighted by successive increases since 2010.

A record 1530 foreign vessels comprising more than 700 cargo-carrying vessels berthed at the ports of Suva and Lautoka in 2011, marking the largest number of vessels to visit Fiji so far, Mr Piyasena said.

He said although Fiji Ports continued to face challenges in its endeavour to provide world-class port services and ship repair facilities, the company had a successful year, particularly in terms of building a framework for the future.

All Fiji ports can cater for any vessel, including the smallest port in Malau, Vanua Levu.

Port of Suva can cater for four to five vessels at any one time while the Port of Lautoka caters for three to four vessels.

Mr Piyasena said 95 per cent of Fiji’s imports and exports were today traded through Fiji Ports Corporation Limited’s ports and handled by Ports Terminal Limited.

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