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Danger in the water

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FIJI Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) says its hands are tied when it comes to dealing with the increasing number of derelict vessels in the Suva Harbour.

Under the Sea Ports Management Act of 2005, FPCL has powers to take possession of abandoned vessels in the harbour to prevent them from sinking.

FPCL ports operations general manager Eminoni Kurusiga said while derelict vessels in the harbour were the responsibility of FPCL, there were still issues with clearing them out.

"Derelicts in the harbour is currently Fiji Ports' responsibility. However you need to understand from the onset the definition of a derelict vessel as per the Sea Port Management Regulation 2008," Mr Kurusiga said

"There can be misinterpretation if this is not understood and as such, not all vessels anchoring in the harbour are deemed to be derelicts as the interpretation may be."

Mr Kurusiga said a vessel would be deemed derelict if there was an absence of minimum crew members aboard the vessel for up to 21 days.


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