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Ship Captain Tells Why He Sails Back to Suva

Bad weather conditions forced inter-island ferry, MV Princess Civa, to return to Suva from the Lau Group last Thursday – bringing Matuku passengers and cargo back. MV Princess Civa captain,
15 Feb 2017 11:00
Ship Captain Tells Why He Sails Back to Suva
MV Princess Civa.

Bad weather conditions forced inter-island ferry, MV Princess Civa, to return to Suva from the Lau Group last Thursday – bringing Matuku passengers and cargo back.

MV Princess Civa captain, Bale Kilai Ledua confirmed that Matuku passengers and cargo were not offloaded during its trip to the Yasayasa Moala.

Captain Ledua said it was a decision he made for the safety of his passengers, although it angered some.

MV Princess Civa is owned by Tokelau Shipping Services.

“I informed the passengers immediately that the vessel would return to Suva and no one would get off after making observations about the current weather conditions then,” he said.

Captain Ledua said the weather at the Yasayasa Moala last week was very bad.

The vessel battled strong currents, rough seas, wind and heavy rain.

“We were experiencing westerly wind and that was the worst wind ever.”

Tui Matuku, Ratu Alipate Baleilakeba Mocevakaca told Sun Shipping that the vessel was near to the anchorage and the people from mainland could bring their fiber boats to where the passengers and cargo could be transported to the mainland.

“I was not happy with the captain of the vessel,” he said.

Mr Mocevakaca said passengers from Matuku were also waiting with their cargo to come to Suva.

Two passengers from Matuku, Una Uluibau, 41, from Makadru Village and Raijeli Tadulala, 54, from Yaroi Village, said they were so disappointed with captain’s decision.

Ms Tadulala said the captain had showed no respect to the passengers and claimed that he failed to inform them about his decision.

“All we saw was that we were near the wharf in Matuku and suddenly we were moving far away again to a different direction,” Ms Tadulala said.

“That was around 4pm, and it was so painful for me seeing the passengers on the mainland waving their hands.”

Inside the vessel she claimed that the remaining 18 passengers and even children from Matuku returned to Suva.

The vessel she said than arrived in Suva last Friday morning.

Ms Tadulala said during the trip from last Friday up to Monday, the vessel owners provided them with food.

She said the vessel crew were very friendly as they bought the passengers food while the vessel berthed at the Port Mua-i-Walu for four days.

The MV Princess Civa returned to Matuku on Monday with the 25 passengers before making its normal trip to Cicia, Lau.

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