Left to rot at sea

Attorney-General and Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament. Picture: RAMA

Attorney-General and Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament. Picture: RAMA

THERE are a number of derelict ships in the Suva harbour that have been neglected for decades, Government has admitted.

While responding to a supplementary question by Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa in Parliament on Thursday, Acting Minister for Environment Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said these ships had been neglected and had not been removed.

“The Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd is looking at it from a holistic perspective. The shipowners have all disappeared into the night.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said no actions were taken by previous administrations in this respect.

However, he said, Government had asked FPCL to look into the issue.

“In respect of the other ships, there’s something like 15 ships that have been identified, some of which have been lying there for five decades, three decades, two decades and they of course need to be scuttled and taken out.”