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Fiji Ports Terminal wins Fiji Business Excellence Award for 2018

20 Dec


Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd. is the proud winner of Fiji Business Excellence Awards this year which was given away at a gala ceremony held at Sheraton Fiji resort in Denarau Fiji, last month by the President of the Republic of Fiji Islands Maj. Gen. (Retd) Jioji Konusi Konrote in the presence of a host of high ranking government officials and business leaders.

Aitken Spence PLC has a 51% shareholding in Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd. which was acquired under a public private partnership venture with Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd. of Fiji Islands. Aitken Spence PLC entered into the first ever public private partnership abroad by a Sri Lankan company when it acquired a controlling shareholding in Fiji Ports Terminals Ltd (FPTL) in 2013 and signed a 15-year concession agreement to manage Suva and Lautoka international ports in Fiji. Aitken Spence Ports International Ltd. provides the management expertise to FPTL.

Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd. CEO Hasthika Bandara Dela received the award on behalf of FPTL. He stated that this was a team effort amongst all members of the staff which was the key to FPTL being very progressive and achieving this award. He thanked the members of the staff of FPTL as well as the Board of Directors for their valuable contribution. He also stated that FPTL had been working hard over the last five years to put together processes and systems to ensure that higher efficiency and productivity levels were achieved while drastically improving the turnaround times of the vessels. This has resulted in more vessel calls, with higher export and import volumes assisting the economy of Fiji.

The President’s Business Excellence Award, is the highest award which is only awarded to organisations that have attained excellent organisational performance levels and are demonstrably world class organisations.

Aitken Spence Shipping Ltd is a pioneer in the industry as it provides import and export container handling services to some of the leading container carriers in the world, handling transhipment cargo, and the servicing of passenger cruise vessels, car carriers and casual callers. The port management segment operates and manages two main ports in Fiji whilst the port management segment manages cargo operations and equipment in the port of Nacala in Mozambique.

Established in 1868, Aitken Spence PLC marks its 150th anniversary. The Company has grown to great heights, especially with the diversification of the company in 2004 into non-traditional areas. The Company’s involvement in port efficiency enhancement projects in new markets has helped to successfully pursue a long-term directional shift from being service-related to becoming an investment-driven operation.

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Aitken Spence Launch Brand Fiji Ports

11 Feb

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Aitken Spence-run Ports Terminal Limited which operates Fiji’s two main ports has been rebranded as Fiji Ports recently at an event attended by senior government and Aitken Spence officials.
Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who attended the launch commended the efforts by Aitken Spence PLC in honouring the partnership with the Fiji Government by improving services and operations at the two major ports in the country.
Aitken Spence entered into a public-private partnership with Fiji Ports Corporation acquiring 51 per cent of the shares in Ports Terminal Limited in 2013 to oversee the repair and operation of the ports of Suva and Lautoka.
Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC J M S Brito and Chairman & CEO of Aitken Spence Maritime & Logistics Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake attended the launch.
“It has been a wonderful partnership, it has been a wonderful collaboration which has the levy that had been charged on containers coming into Fiji being lifted now which not only has financial benefits for exporters but also for importers”, said the Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
“It also came as Government’s faith in Aitken Spence PLC, through the Public-Private-Partnership continues to be vindicated. Enormous achievements have been made by this management company”, he added.
Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC, J M S Brito said, “We are pleased to show significant positive results to the Government of Fiji since our investment in the ports of Suva and Lautoka. We are exploring investment opportunities in hotels, power generation, printing and other sectors where we have decades-long experience and expertise”.
Aitken Spence Maritime & Logistics Chairman & CEO and Director of Aitken Spence PLC Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake speaking at the launch reiterated company’s commitment to stakeholders present at the event.
“When you have the right product, we can launch a marketing campaign to boost volumes thereby attracting new shipping lines. And when you have more shipping lines, you will have more capacity and when you have more capacity, the freight rates are bound to go low. This would boost exports and imports and generate more employment and enable Fiji to become the hub of the South Pacific”, said Dr. Dissanayake.
“In Sri Lanka, we say port is the heart of the nation. And when you have an efficient port blessed with the right location like Fiji’s, you would establish not only a maritime hub but also aviation and a logistics hub”, he added.
Aitken Spence PLC is among Sri Lanka’s most dynamic and respected corporate entities with operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. Listed in the CSE since 1983, it has major interests in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics and power generation. The group also has a significant presence in plantations, printing, garments, financial services, insurance and information technology.

CINEC To Develop The Maritime School Of Fiji National University (FNU)

28 Nov

CINEC Maritime Campus which is the largest maritime training institute in South Asia signed an agreement on 17th November 2013 with the Government of Fiji and the Fiji National University, to manage the Maritime School of the Fiji National University (FNU) in Suva.
Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Fiji. Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Vice Chancellor Prof. Ganesh Chand of the Fiji National University were the other signatories. Mr. J M S Brito Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC and Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC were in attendance.
This is a further expansion of CINEC Maritime Campus which recently took over the management of the Seychelles Maritime School.
The management of the Maritime School of the FNU by CINEC, will fulfill a long standing need of the Government of Fiji to produce well-trained Seafarers from the Island nation. The Maritime School has courses up to Watch Keepers and with CINEC’s involvement, the School will be able to provide courses to the category of Officers and Engineer Class 1.
This is yet another landmark achievement in keeping with the objectives of the Government of Fiji to generate real growth in the Fijian economy by generating new employment opportunities.

Standing from L to R: Mr. J M S Brito - Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC;  Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum - Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC.

Standing from L to R: Mr. J M S Brito – Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC; Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC.

Standing from L to R: Mr. R G Pandithakorralage - Director/Chief Human Resources Officer, Aitken Spence Group Ltd; Mrs. N W de A Gunaratne - Managing Director, Aitken Spence Insurance (Pvt) Ltd /Aitken Spence Insurance Barkers (Pvt) Ltd and Chief Legal Officer, Aitken Spnece Group Ltd;  Mr. J M S Brito - Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC;  Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum - Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus; Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC; Capt. Dr. Nalaka Jayakoddy - Vice President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Capt. Peshala Medagama - General Manager - Business Development, CINEC Maritime Campus.

Standing from L to R: Mr. R G Pandithakorralage – Director/Chief Human Resources Officer, Aitken Spence Group Ltd; Mrs. N W de A Gunaratne – Managing Director, Aitken Spence Insurance (Pvt) Ltd /Aitken Spence Insurance Brokers (Pvt) Ltd and Chief Legal Officer, Aitken Spence Group Ltd;  Mr. J M S Brito – Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC;  Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus; Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC; Capt. Dr. Nalaka Jayakoddy – Vice President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Capt. Peshala Medagama – General Manager – Business Development, CINEC Maritime Campus.