Fishing vessel removed

The vessel Hu Shun-37 Agent is being towed away. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is expected to conduct a full scale investigation into the running aground of the fishing vessel Hu Shun-37 Agent.

The ship ran aground last month in one of the yavusa o Navakavu’s Marine Protected Areas taking the number of derelicts on the traditional fishing ground to eight.

A 14-day removal notice was issued to the company and the ship was removed last Saturday.

The Fiji Times has been informed there were no oil spills as the oil had already been removed.

Authorities stated, initial reports received state, the captain of the ship miscalculated his reading to think he was turning in to the entrance of the harbour only to find the ship running aground about 500 metres from the actual entrance to the Suva Harbour.

Initial reports revealed the captain had turned down the assistance from a pilot boat and a local captain to help usher the boat in, probably because he had been sailing to Fiji for three years.

In an earlier interview ship captain Sun Giang said they were on their way to dock when the ship suffered mechanical problems.

Meanwhile the section of the Navakavu fishing ground has been an MPA for the past 21 years.

The development committee is hoping all the derelicts that litter its fishing ground are removed and the yavusa is compensated for all the damage caused.

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