Fallen Crane Report Received

  The report on last week’s fallen crane onboard the tug Yara One belonging Cruz Holdings Limited has reached the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL). This was confirmed to the
08 Nov 2016 10:47
Fallen Crane  Report Received
The fallen crane on the tug Yara One belonging Cruz Holdings Limited at the Narain Jetty, Walu Bay, Suva. PHOTO: Paulini Ratulailai


The report on last week’s fallen crane onboard the tug Yara One belonging Cruz Holdings Limited has reached the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL).

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by FPCL chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena.

FPCL chief operations officer (COO) Eranda Kotelawala explained what happened.

“Due to a sudden change in the center of gravity of the crane, it couldn’t sustain the weight of the container with the movement whilst in the process of offloading hence causing the crane to tilt on its side.”

The barge, he said was loaded from Pacific Cement in Lami, offloaded onto trucks at Muaiwalu II and to be transported to Kings Wharf due to the weight restriction imposed on the Lami bridge.

When asked if the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s (MSAF) was informed about the incident he said – “Yes, any obstruction to the navigation passage as to be informed. However the master of the vessel will also need to file a report with MSAF with regards to the accident.”

He said the owner of the tug was responsible for its removal.

A FPCL staff said the man operating the crane was injured and was taken to the hospital.

Cruz Holdings Limited director Selwyn Douglas when asked for a comment yesterday said he would not.

He told the Fiji Sun that he had submitted a report to MSAF and FPCL.


About Cruz Holdings

According to Cruz Holdings Wikipedia the principals of Cruz Holdings Ltd are Keith, Reginald and Selwyn Douglas, all of whom have many years of experience in civil construction, tug and barging and in marine towage in Fiji and the Solomon Islands for the past 40 years.

It said that the Douglas family came to Fiji in the late 1800s and still hold close ties to their home island of Taveuni. Cruz Holdings Limited has been registered in Fiji in 2004 to provide barge hire services to rural and island communities where most of these islands are not been serviced by Inter-Island Shipping.

Cruz Holdings Limited will continue to explore other avenues for expansion in the marine transport sector including bulk haulage of general and specialized cargo to the islands and rural communities not serviced by regular shipping and containerized services.

Cruz Wikipedia says – “We believe we can assist in utilising our resources currently located in Fiji and Solomon Islands to provide a reliable charter service to various outer islands and other regional Pacific Islands. Due to the varying locations throughout Fiji and Island locations, barging of equipment and materials is an integral component of a successful operation.

We are currently in the position to bring into Fiji suitable machinery to undertake some of the more pressing projects and help set up pilot projects utilising some of the more reputable smaller contractors provided the pre-determined equipment required meets an acceptable standard.”

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