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Confusion surrounds removal of beached ship

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, February 02, 2018

NO decision has been made regarding the salvaging of the Sinu-i-Wasa Tolu on Ovalau.

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji has confirmed that there was no oil leakage from the vessel.

MSAF referred all queries to Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd, saying the port company dealt with this issue.

"Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd (FPCL) takes the lead role in removing these ships," a MSAF statement said.

"It would be best to ask them these questions."

But questions sent to the Fiji Ports Corporation were referred to MSAF.

"Sinu-i-Wasa Tolu is outside of our port boundary," Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd said in an email message.

"Please liaise with MSAF regarding this."

This newspaper contacted the ship's owner, Venu Shipping Ltd, but officials declined to comment.

The vessel was swept to shore near Toki Village during the height of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

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