Derelicts to be removed

Twenty derelict vessels are yet to be removed from ports' boundaries around the country. Picture: FT FILE

TWENTY derelict vessels are yet to be removed from ports’ boundaries around the country, says Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena. Mr Piyasena highlighted this during his submissions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs on the FPCL 2016 annual report in Suva yesterday.

Mr Piyasena said these vessels were in different locations, but did not directly impact FPCL’s navigations and other operations.

“But of course, in terms of future developments and clearing up of the harbour, these derelicts have to be removed,” he said.

“In terms of removal, two vessels were removed between 2015 and 2016 from the Suva Harbour. “The first one was MV Tovuto, which was a former government vessel.” He said it was sold to scrap metal dealers and cost FPCL more than $220,000 to remove. “Another vessel, the MV Sea Love, was also removed with cost amounting to over $85,000.”

He added that most of the local inter-island vessels did not have wreck removal insurance which caused a lot of risk.

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