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Mariners advised to take heed of warnings

Ropate Valemei
Monday, December 17, 2012

Mariners in Suva are taking heed of government warnings, with many taking precautions with their vessels in order to keep them safe from the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Royal Suva Yacht Club Commodore Mark Hirst said some boats from the yacht club had chosen to go up the Veisari River in order to stay safe.

"We have those up in Veisari and there are also other boat owners who have put their boats in trailers up on dry land," Commodore Hirst explained.

"Most of the boats were taken off the pontoons around the yacht club and the dock, there are still some vessels out here but these have put down extra anchors and rear lines to stay safe," he added.

"There are another eight boats that are on the Dive Centre Concrete Ramp, and we have timber work up on the RSYC in order to minimise damage."

However Commodore Hirst expressed his concern for some vessels out in the Suva Harbour.

"I am looking at one mooring that has ten boats tied to it, now one of these boats can weigh up to 60 tons so that's 600 tonnes of weight on a single mooring.

"If TC Evan does come through with force they are predicting and with the high tides, those boats could end up in Lami Town."

Ministry of Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns said they had warned to mariners to re-think before going out to sea.

"The Navy has put out an appeal for mariners to refrain from going out to sea because it is dangerous," Ms Smith-Johns said.

For inter-island vessels, she said they had to take the warnings seriously.

She advised people living in the coastal areas to evacuate as the sea would be rough.

She warned the public there would be high tide at 9.30am today and also at 10pm.





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