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Oil Leak Detected From Where Kaiwai Sank

Oil Leak  Detected From Where Kaiwai Sank
The trail of oil spill left where the Kaiwai sank. Photo: Fiji Navy
December 01
11:15 2017

Oil has been spotted leaking from the area where the landing barge, Kaiwai, sank. But there was no indication yet whether this was from drums onboard or from the vessel itself.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji personnel are expected to go out to Yasawa and assess the situation.

It could also not be immediately established if any of the oil spill had reached the shores.

This was confirmed yesterday by Republic of Fiji Military Forces Navy officer-in-charge of operations Lieutenant-Commander Timoci Natuva and the Fiji Police Force.

Lieutenant-Commander Natuva said streaks of oil were notice around where the vessel sank.

“Right now we don’t know how much oil has already come out but it looks like it has just started.”

The Kaiwai went down in rough seas on Tuesday morning, with two confirmed dead, one still missing and nine survived the ordeal.

Lieutenant-Commander Natuva said they had  yesterday suspended their aerial search for the missing passenger, a Korean national.

“We have not been able to spot the missing passenger and have asked villagers to keep a lookout.

“We covered a vast area from the air.

“We are on standby if required but can only do things within our capacity.”

Salvaging

On salvaging the vessel or otherwise, he said it was the responsibility of the owners, All Engineering Limited.

“The oil spill is for MSAF to look into.”

A meeting was held yesterday between Police and MSAF in Lautoka.

It is likely that once the go-ahead is given from the head office, personnel from MSAF Lautoka would immediately leave for the Yasawas.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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