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Investigations Continue On Stranded Vessel

An officer from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has been tasked to investigate the case surrounding the stranded MV Uluinabukelevu in the Lau Group. MSAF acting chief executive
29 Jul 2015 08:47
Investigations Continue On Stranded Vessel

An officer from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has been tasked to investigate the case surrounding the stranded MV Uluinabukelevu in the Lau Group.

MSAF acting chief executive officer, John Tunidau confirmed yesterday that they were awaiting a feedback from the officer.

Mr Tunidau said the MSAF official left Suva for Oneata on Sunday evening to find out the cause of the incident.

“We have sent an officer to Oneata to carry out investigations on the accident but there has been no update. yet”

The MV Uluinabukelevu owned by Valesasa Transportation Company Limited was still stranded along the Oneata passage and an attempt to salvage it was not successful.

The ship ran aground near Waiqori Village at about 10pm last Tuesday.

The vessel carrying around 100 passengers was on a routine trip to the Lau Group when the incident happened.

Valesasa Transportation Company managing director, Ilaitia Caginavanua, said the MV Uluinabukelevu was surveyed in May this year and was safety compliant.

“The vessel has 160 life jackets on board, four life rafts – two could carry 65 people each, one could carry 35 and another 16,” he said.

Mr Caginavanua said the Wailevu tug with three divers were on their way to help tow the MV Uluinabukelevu from where it had run aground.

“The divers will assess the damage and if the ship can continue its trip, it will carry on,” he said.

 



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