11 Aug 2010

Fiji's Bainimarama invites head of China's biggest shipyard to visit

10:49 am on 11 August 2010

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has invited the Executive Manager of one of China's biggest shipyards to explore the possibility of investing in a similar operation in Fiji.

Fiji Broadcasting reports Commodore Bainimarama made the invitation while visiting the Zhejiang Shipyard in Ningbo city.

The shipyard employs 10,000 workers and builds 35 container-carrying vessels a year, compared to the 3 vessels a year the company was turning out when they started 7 years ago.

Commodore Bainimarama was informed that Zhejiang Shipyard was striving to equal the efficiency of car manufacturers in China.

Shipyard Executive Manager, Jacques De Chateauvieux, told the Commodore that Zhejiang was one of the largest and most modern shipyards in the world - churning out an off-shore vessel every 12 days.

Commodore Bainimarama has invited the company to explore the possibility of setting up a similar operation in Fiji to cater for shipping vessel needs in the country or the region if needed.