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Removal Order Issued On Stranded Vessel

A tourist vessel Gotta-Go Fiji Cruiser is still stranded near the Lautoka foreshore. The Fiji Ports Corporation confirmed yesterday that the vessel has been stuck there since March 16 and
01 Apr 2015 06:46
Removal Order Issued On Stranded Vessel
Gotta-Go Fiji cruiser. Photo: Sheetal Prasad.

A tourist vessel Gotta-Go Fiji Cruiser is still stranded near the Lautoka foreshore.

The Fiji Ports Corporation confirmed yesterday that the vessel has been stuck there since March 16 and they are waiting for its owners to come and remove her as per their duty of care.

The harbour master at Port Lautoka, Peni Yauvoli said on March 17, FPCL’s Removal Order was sent to the owner’s representatives.

“The owner is said to be an Australian by the name of Mr Michael Painter and his local general manager is Mr Khan,” Mr Yauvoli said.

“We have been in contact with Mr Khan as Mr Painter is away in Australia, who has told us that they are trying their best to remove the vessel.

“By all costs the vessel has to be removed from there, if not by the owner then we will do it at the owner’s costs as stipulated by the Seaports Management Act. Danger poses at this stage is minimal as the vessel is not seriously damaged but still under engine repair,” Mr Yauvoli said.

The Fiji Ports Corporation was told that there was no fuel on board the vessel.

Gotta-Go tourist’s cruiser operated from Port Denarau and while it was under operation it took tours to the Mamanucas.

With a full crew on-board, it contained a bar, dining area and cabins.

 

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