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Derelict vessels a threat

Mere Naleba
Thursday, May 29, 2014

SINKING derelict vessels either deliberately or just allowing it to sink in the Suva Harbour poses a threat to ships coming in and out of the harbour.

These were the words of USP's project manager and research adviser in the Institute of Applied Science department James Comley, who said it posed a "potentially significant risk".

He said it was an eyesore, posing a great danger to shipping.

"Another possible issue is if one or more of these vessels breaks free from their anchor. If this does happen, they could potentially be swept into other vessels, port infrastructure or onto coral reefs that surround the harbour," he said.

"If the latter happens, this may cause direct damage to the reefs."

Mr Comley said any attempts made by stakeholders to remove the wrecks should be done carefully to stop any potential contaminants escaping from the vessels. He said marine lives were not affected provided the vessels had been cleared from any dangerous cargo that might get into the water.


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