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Shipping Company Reports $350K Loss

Inter-island ferry operator Bligh Water Shipping Limited suffered a loss of close to $350,000 when it temporarily ceased operations, following the aftermath of severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Bligh Water Shipping
09 Mar 2016 08:30
Shipping Company Reports $350K Loss
MV Westerland beached at Balaga Bay, Savusavu. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Inter-island ferry operator Bligh Water Shipping Limited suffered a loss of close to $350,000 when it temporarily ceased operations, following the aftermath of severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Bligh Water Shipping Limited’s vessel,  MV Westerland  that services the Natovi-Savusavu route had run ashore at Balaga Bay in Savusavu during the height of TC Winston.

Company chief executive officer, Captain William Vulivuli told Sun Shipping the $350,000 loss included operational cost and revenue.

The MV Westerland was finally salvaged on Monday as the company started work on surveying the vessel.

Captain Vulivuli confirmed that they will resume normal services later this week.

This he said will follow a routine check by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji.

“There have been no damages to the vessel and we will resume our services after undergoing an underwater survey as it took us two weeks to put it back to sea,” he said.

“We knew that after the cyclone, we managed to pull out the vessel without any outside assistance. We waited for the high tide this week since we missed out on the last king tide or the last high tide,” Captain Vulivuli explained.

Proper procedures were followed when salvaging the vessel from the mainland.

“When the high tide approached, we manage to pull the vessel out where we repositioned our anchors winched out to the reef, than we pulled our self to high waters in order to turn the boat in to a 90 degrees turn to face the reef,” Captain Vulivuli said.

He said all weights on board the vessel were offloaded in order to increase its buoyancy and for the vessel to float.

These included, water, 8000 liters of fuel and ballast tanks.

“We are happy that we are finally working on the last phase now and that is refueling the ship, putting the ram back on and other necessary things before we start our normal schedule,” Captain Vulivuli added.

The MV Westerland is scheduled to be back on normal services today.

 

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