Commission of Inquiry into Kiribati ferry disaster to complete report next month

Kiribati President Taneti Maamau. Picture: RADIO NZ

TARAWA – The Commission of Inquiry to probe into the MV Butiraoi tragic incident in Kiribati which claimed the lives of nearly one hundred passengers in January this year, is expected to complete its report next month.

President Taneti Maamau revealed this in his monthly Press Conference in Tarawa last week.

The Commission has already completed most of its public hearings and investigations into Kiribati’s biggest maritime disaster.

The Commission has conducted public hearings at the Nanomalie maneaba in Bairiki and cross-examined most of the survivors leaving only two survivors to be examined, who reside outside the capital.

The Commission also invited related maritime bodies including officials who have connections with the MV Butiraoi incident.

“The Commission will also visit the island of Nonouti this month to collect all information related with the incident and following its return from Nonouti, the Commission will compile its full report on its findings as expected under its Terms of Reference,” President Taneti Maamau told the local media.

The Butiraoi vanished after leaving Nonouti on 18 January, and seven survivors were found drifting in a dinghy a week later.