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Taiwanese Vessel Runs Aground In Lau Waters

The Taiwanese registered vessel, Fu Ying, has 15 crew members – 14 Indonesians and one Taiwanese.
31 Oct 2020 09:17
Taiwanese Vessel Runs Aground In Lau Waters
The Taiwanese registered vessel, Fu Ying aground at Navatu Reef in the Lau waters. Photo: RFMF Naval Division

A tug boat, Tug Burdekin, was dispatched yesterday to the Navatu Reef in the Lau waters to help salvage a Taiwanese fishing vessel.

This was confirmed by Maritime Commander, commander Timoci Natuva.

The Taiwanese registered vessel, Fu Ying, has 15 crew members – 14 Indonesians and one Taiwanese.

Commander Natuva said, the crew remained onboard and were healthy and safe.

The vessel was fishing in Tongan waters and was transiting through the Fiji waters when it ran aground.

The RFNS Savenaca, was diverted from its patrol tasking to respond to the search and rescue operation.

Commander Natuva said, the salvage operation would adhere to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong, said the ministry was awaiting the vessel’s travel history to determine the required health protocols, which may include quarantine.

The Taiwanese registered vessel, Fu Ying aground at Navatu Reef in the Lau waters. Photo: RFMF Naval Division

The Taiwanese registered vessel, Fu Ying aground at Navatu Reef in the Lau waters. Photo: RFMF Naval Division

TheFiji Navy search and rescue flight team with RFNS Savenaca used the opportunity to test aeronautical search, rescue comms and protocols to assess any indication of an oil spill.

Maritime experts suggest that navigational error may have resulted in the vessel running aground.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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