Two mobile harbour cranes for Suva Port

Opposition members Salote Radrodro and Anare Jale manage a smile at parliament. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Port of Suva will be equipped with two mobile harbour cranes which will enable the port to accommodate gearless vessels.

This was confirmed by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament.

He said the cranes would enable Fiji ports to receive larger vessels with higher volumes.

Opposition MP Salote Radrodro had questioned Mr Sayed-Khaiyum on the great reduction in the number of ships coming into our port.

Ms Radrodro said she had noted the reduction and asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to explain the reasons behind this because it also contributed to Fiji’s economic growth.

In response, he said Ms Radrodro must substantiate her claims through statistics.

“Where are the statistics that she is claiming? The cruise liners have, in fact, decreased in their number of arrivals,” he said.

“Many people were content that it may have increased at certain times. So, please, provide us with statistics, and we will be quite happy to answer that.”

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