20 Feb 2007

Fiji firm buys dry dock to handle ships up to 3,600 tonnes

10:34 am on 20 February 2007

The biggest floating dry dock in the South Pacific is expected to create 200 new jobs in Suva when it becomes fully operational.

The dry dock has been brought in by Industrial and Marine Engineering Limited (IMEL), a subsidiary of Carpenters South Pacific.

Named the NAIQASIQASI, the floating dry dock will be capable of lifting ships of up to 3,600 tonnes out of the sea for repairs.

It is expected to generate millions of dollars in foreign revenue as ships from all over the South Pacific sail in for repairs.

The floating dry dock is a welcome boost to Fiji's ship building and repairing industry which has become run down in recent years.