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Marine Checker For Kadavu Trips

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has given the green light to the Goundar Shipping Limited’s request to have a Marine Checker on board its vessel on its trips
07 Dec 2016 11:00
Marine Checker For Kadavu Trips
Lomaiviti Princess III loading for its trip to Savusavu and Taveuni on Monday. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has given the green light to the Goundar Shipping Limited’s request to have a Marine Checker on board its vessel on its trips to Kadavu.

Company managing director George Goundar had made this request after an incident at Vunisea Jetty last week.

According to Mr Goundar, after offloading and picking up passengers from Kavala, last week Lomaiviti Princess III went to Vunisea to offload cargoes and pick up passengers to Suva.

He said that while the crews were offloading at Vunisea jetty, the passengers forced their way inside the ship.

“They did not wait to board after offloading and they did not follow instructions,” he said.

This incident he said delayed everything and the ship left Vunisea at 10pm when it was suppose to leave at 5pm.

People who had waited for their cargoes from Kadavu waited for hours at Port Muaiwalu and were angry for the delay.

“They bad mouthed the crew of the Lomaiviti III when they arrived at 5am on Friday.”

He said they could have left at 5pm but they just could not. There was no help from police officers in Vunisea as they were supposed to be on the jetty.

He said that people would need to understand once they have reached their numbers they can’t loaded any more passengers.

Mr Goundar thanked MSAF for adhering to his request and said this would also help in overloading.

The MSAF officers had the powers to stop and offload passengers and cargoes.

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