New trucks for FSC

FSC CEO Graham Clark and chairman Vishnu Mohan receive the 100 trucks from Carpenters Motors. Picture: FELIX CHAUDHARY

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) has taken delivery of 17 brand new trucks — the first batch of 100 vehicles which will be delivered and operated this season.

FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said the Isuzu trucks were considered workhorses in terms of robustness and they would go a long way towards ensuring a much improved season this year.

The Thailand-designed trucks are able to be used as billet and long stalk cane carriers and also can be easily transformed to other uses during the sugar off-season.

“Through Carpenters Motors and the Isuzu franchise around the world, we were able to get a hold of the design and this has all been fabricated here in Fiji,” he said.

“We are very happy with the results, it’s a great example of how our Fiji’s service base can step up to international specifications that we need.

“We have 17 that have arrived, another 20 are on their way and the balance will come in time for the real step-up in the harvest.

“The plan is to allocate them around the cane belt and essentially our priorities are to look after FSC’s own harvesters.

“We have seven of them operating and we will have trucks allocated to them.

“We have harvesting gangs from the Methodist church and Fiji Corrections Service and we want to make sure we have trucks available to load and turn around as quick as possible and keep those gangs very active.”

Mr Clark added that a fleet management company would soon be sought to look after the trucks and the vehicles would be used in the sugar off-season to haul other products such as mill mud, bagasse and other general haulage opportunities.

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