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Tuesday 12 November 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –
Irregular and unreliable shipping services in the Central Pacific region may be a thing of the past with the announcement that three shipping service providers had been selected to service the Central Pacific region, starting on 1 January 2014.
After a week of deliberations, Pacific Direct Line International, Swire/China Navigation and Neptune Pacific Line/Pacific Forum Line were awarded Entry Assurance Certificates by the Central Pacific Shipping Commission (CPSC) at a short ceremony in Suva on Friday (8 November).
Expressions of interest (EOI) were received from Vessel Operating Common Carriers and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers, following the launch EOI in September this year. The CPSC Technical Committee was then tasked to scrutinise each application.
The selection of the three shipping companies was based on a number of mandatory requirements, including the ability to provide reliable and regular shipping services to all four CPSC member states: Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu. The CPSC technical committee examined the nature of each company, as well as its experience and technical and managerial capabilities, including its offers of assistance to the CPSC member states, such as training opportunities for seafarers.