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Nine Vessels Need Removing From Suva Harbour

Nine Vessels Need Removing From Suva Harbour
From left: Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief finance officer Roshan Abeyesundere, chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena, board secretary Karalaini Tukana and public relations officer Losalini Bolatagici at the Standing Committee Room in Suva on May 28, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
May 30
11:05 2018

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief execu­tive officer Vajira Piyasena said there were other nine priority vessels that needed to be removed from the Suva Harbour.

THEY INCLUDE:

  • Tukanatuku
  • Degei II
  • Western Pacific
  • Tug 7
  • Shan Yu 16
  • Victory II
  • Barge Dautukiduru
  • Sun Star
  • Lady Geraldine.

In the period of 2015 to 2016 two derelict ves­sels were removed from the Suva Harbour, MV Tovuto and MV Sea Love at a total cost of over $305,000.

He said there were 20 vessels at Suva and Lautoka Ports that were needed to be re­moved.

He said under the Sea Port Management Act of 2005 the salvage of the twenty vessels was the responsibility of the Fiji Ports and vessel owners

“We and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji have issued removal notices to the ship owners and all vessel owners have discussed its removal,” Mr Piyasena said.

“We do not have the funds and equipment’s to salvage those vessels that are close to the ports. All of these vessels need to have insur­ance which will assist owners in the salvag­ing of the vessels.

“Most of the local owned inter-island and fishing vessels do not have insurance which makes them take time in the salvaging of the vessels. He alleged that local scrap metal company sometimes board the vessels and strip parts of the boat for their own use which sometimes result in the sinking of these boats later on.

“This used to happen seven to eight years ago which resulted in the sinking and capsiz­ing of these vessels,” he said.

“We have placed restrictions to the scrap­ping company to remove and to work on the vessels.

“Also overseas vessels would bring in their ships to Fiji and abandon it here; this was also the case seven to eight years ago. Today, we are strictly monitoring vessels coming into the country to ensure they are not aban­doned.”

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