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‘Stay Away From MV Suilven’

A stern warning has been issued by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) to all mariners and small boat owners to stay clear of the sunken vessel MV Suilven.
26 Nov 2015 11:21
‘Stay Away From MV Suilven’

A stern warning has been issued by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) to all mariners and small boat owners to stay clear of the sunken vessel MV Suilven.
This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by the Permanent Secretary for Works, Transport & Public Utilities, Francis Kean.
“The site is totally out of bound to all small boats and mariners,” he said.
He said the Navy, Police and a team from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) would be closely monitoring this.
“This is done to stop anyone from removing anything from the sunken ship,” Mr Kean said.
Their main worry now according to Mr Kean will be the safety of the people who will be deployed to work at the vicinity of the sunken ship in Suva Harbour.
Mr Kean said first to be deployed would be the Navy divers who would be making a sketch on the specific area where MV Suilven was.
“The Navy divers will go to the site today or tomorrow,” he said.
When contacted yesterday, Fiji Navy Commander Captain (Navy) John Fox said their first task now was to put a buoy to mark the actual site of the sunken vessel.
He said for safety reasons, they would go when the weather was fine.
“There is a lot of swell out there and we will go when the weather is fine,” Captain Fox said.
Other works, he said, would be considered later.
Mr Kean said a task team consisting of key stakeholders had been put together to monitor the sunken roll on-roll off ferry.
And as of yesterday, he said the latest report he received was that the vessel had completely turned upside down.
He said they would be talking to the owner Venu Shipping to get details of the amount of oil the ship had at the time it sunk and also details of other dangerous cargo on board.
He said MSAF oil spill equipment was on standby at the Government Shipping Services (GSS) ready for deployment.
The ship went down with 25 reefer containers and a few trucks.
Mr Kean said one of the options the taskforce was thinking was the removal of the vessel from where it was now.
However, he said this was a very expensive exercise.

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