MSAF clears two interisland vessels

Goundar Shipping workers trying to dock the new MV Lomaiviti Princess 8 at the Narain Jetty in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has cleared two Goundar Shipping Ltd vessels namely Lomaiviti Princess V and Lomaiviti Princess III.

The authority would later clear the Lomaiviti Princess VII today after completing their inspection, a statement from the authority yesterday read.

The MSAF inspection team will review documents pertaining to Lomaiviti Princess VII which was expected to be completed today.

“Goundar Shipping Ltd has been issued with interim document of compliance and interim safe ship certifications for its ships – Lomaiviti Princess V and LP III, both ships are now released from detention to continue with its operation effective as of 10th July, 2019 (yesterday),” the statement read.

“On completion of inspection, Lomaiviti Princess VII will resume normal operations and this will be a new ship included into GSL’s current fleet.

“MSAF team will need to inspect and review the Safety Ships Management System (SSMS) of three other GSL vessels.”

MSAF also confirmed receiving a report on the issue surrounding the MV Ohana which was sailing to Fiji from Japan.

“The owner of the vessel, Interlink Shipping Line Ltd, reported the matter to the authority, and has assured MSAF the ship will go up the slipway in Honiara in the Solomon Islands to rectify the defect while it refuels,” the statement said.

“The ship has booked for docking on arrival whereby initial survey will be completed.”

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