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110 safe

Priya Chand
Friday, March 08, 2013

MORE than 100 passengers of the MV SOFI which was partially grounded on a reef early yesterday morning are safe.

The 110 passengers were at Koro Island and expected to leave late last night on another vessel.

The boat manager of Dere Bay Resort on Koro Island, Aminiasi Vito told this newspaper that the MV SOFI was afloat and upright.

Consort Shipping Limited, the owners of MV SOFI, made arrangements with the MV Westerland to divert to Koro Island to take on all the passengers and proceed to the port of Natovi with bus link to Suva.

Consort Shipping director, Justin Smith said in a statement that the technical and underwater dive assessment teams were deployed via charter flight yesterday and undertook a full review of the situation.

Mr Smith said they were working towards clearing all technical issues in order to have the vessel removed from the current position.

"While we regret and apologise for the inconvenience caused to our passengers and customers, we are currently undertaking all actions to properly and professionally assess and resolve the issue at hand," he said.

"And to have the vessel removed and relocated to the port of Suva as soon as it is possible."

Mr Smith said future services had been suspended until all technical issues relating to the incident were solved.





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