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MSAF to Oversee Removal of Ship

MSAF to Oversee Removal of Ship
Sinu-i-Wasa III at the Levuka Lodge beach on May 22, 2018. Photo: Rusiate Mataika
May 23
11:00 2018

Sinu-i-wasa III is still sitting dry at the Levuka Lodge beach on Ovalau Island for more than two years after it was washed ashore at the height of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Efforts to get a comment from Venu Shipping Limited (VSL) gen­eral manager Ben Naidu yesterday were unsuccessful.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji chief executive officer yesterday John Tunidau said there were pro­cedures to follow but refused not comment further.

Meanwhile Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala while responding on the issue raised by Member of Parliament, Ro Kinivilame Kiliraki during Parliament last Friday said a removal issue has been issued to VSL.

“Any notice issued by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji not adhered to; will be referred to court,” Mr Bala said.

He said that he had been informed by MSAF on the removal of the ves­sel and that there had been discus­sion and arrangements were being made.

He said MSAF will oversee the re­moval of Sinu-i-Wasa III.

“The ship owner has engaged a company for the removal of the ship and has purchased equipment from overseas to assist with the opera­tion,” he said.

“The owner has also asked for some time because that ship needs to be tugged and removed.

“The Sinu-i-Wasa I at the Levuka Wharf was the responsibility of the FPCL as stated under the Sea Ports Management Act 2005.

“As a result of Tropical Cyclone Winston, Sinuwasa III was still stuck in a solid rock and MSAF was to oversee the removal of the wreck.

“MSAF had issued a removal no­tice to the ship owner and both par­ties have discussed its removal. The owner was able to engage a compa­ny for the removal of the ship and to purchase equipment from overseas to assist in the operation.

“The owners have also requested for some time because the ship needed to be cut and removed,” he said.

The Ro-ro passenger vessel had ran aground during Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016.

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