Patterson probes drifting incident

Spirit of Altruism passengers waiting to be transferred onto a fibreglass boat. Picture: SUPPLIED

Spirit of Altruism passengers waiting to be transferred onto a fibreglass boat. Picture: SUPPLIED

PATTERSON Shipping is now conducting an investigation to determine the causes behind the drifting of one its vessels on to Cakau Davui reef near Levuka on Monday.

The vessel carrying 130 passengers and 14 vehicles was reported to have drifted on to the reef after suffering engine problems.

Spokesperson for the company David Patterson said they were thankful all of its passengers were safe and they managed to salvage the vessel.

Mr Patterson said as of 7pm on Monday, all its passengers were safely transferred to another vessel and brought to the Natovi jetty, in Tailevu.

“There was an engine fault and is currently being investigated,” Mr Patterson said.

“For us, as soon as the incident happened, we activated our emergency procedures, that’s when the sister ship came on as standby, then the MV Harmony also went there, we assessed the situation and then safely moved the passengers from ship to ship.”

He said the main concern for the Patterson management was the safety of the passengers.

“We’re thankful that as of now, we haven’t had any casualties of any sort on board our ships.”

Mr Patterson said he was also thankful to the assistance offered by people from Takalana Bay Resort in Nataleira, Tailevu.