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Quick action saves vessel

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, August 03, 2014

AN Asian fishing vessel in the Suva Harbour caught fire yesterday morning.

But luckily, the Ports Authority of Fiji vessels were able to douse the fire.

National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O'Connor said NFA trucks were called to the Suva wharf after the vessel was towed to the port.

Mr O'Connor said they were called just to check if the fire was completely doused and ensure there were no other factors that could reignite the flames.

He said if NFA was asked to investigate, then they would help.

Meanwhile, questions sent to Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji remain unanswered when this report went to press last night.

MSAF chief executive officer Neil Slack had asked that questions be sent to him via email to which he would respond to at the earliest possible.

According to Suliasi Mata, they saw the flames coming from the boat but didn't see anybody on board.

"My friend took some shots on his phone of the boat being on fire. Even he didn't see anybody on board. If there was somebody, they would have jumped into the water," said Mr Mata.

"Maybe there was somebody on board, but we didn't see them."

This is the second boat fire incident this year at the Suva Harbour.

In March, a Korean fishing vessel caught fire —the fire started from the engine room and there was nobody on board.


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