15th December 01:42 PM
Goundar Shipping Limited given greenlight by MSAF to operate Lomaiviti Princess 5
By Silina Baro and Iva Danford
Wednesday 10/07/2019
Lomaiviti Princess 5 [Flickr]

Goundar Shipping Limited has been given the green light to operate their vessel Lomaiviti Princess III and Lomaiviti V from today after documents submitted by them were approved by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji.

Goundar Shipping have been issued with Interim Document of Compliance and interim Safe Ship certifications for both ships that have now been released from detention to continue with its operation effective as of today.

MSAF say it’s inspection team will review documents pertaining to Lomaiviti Princess VII and is expected to complete inspection by tomorrow.

They say this will be a new ship included into Goundar Shipping’s  current fleet.

Goundar Shipping Limited will have three ships remaining that the MSAF team will need to inspect and review it’s documents.

MSAF says they are working with Goundar Shipping staff for the past 5 days and the remaining 4 vessels have not been inspected.

The Authority says it’s staff have dedicated their time and effort to help Goundar Shipping Company comply with the safe ships management regulation requirements however they say that incompetence of Goundar Shipping have made it difficult to fast-track compliance.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of Goundar Shipping, George Goundar is still waiting for a response from MSAF on when he can and will operate all his vessels to the maritime islands.

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