Ship That Ran Aground In Solomon Islands Ordered To Report For Inspection

Last of three vessels which struck bottom during festive season must confirm seaworthiness

By Charley Piringi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 13, 2017) – Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) is calling on the owner of MV Tafusibata to ensure the vessel is at Honiara domestic wharf for inspection.

SIMSA acting director Jonah Mitau said MV Tafusibata was one of the three ships which ran aground during the festive season that is yet to report for inspection.

MV Tafusibata was wrecked at Kiu, West Are’are, Malaita Province. The other two ships were MV Nautabu and MV Victory.

Mr Mitau said MV Nautabu, which wrecked at Suri Point East Choiseul, and MV Victory, which wrecked at Uhu in East Are’are, were already inspected.

He said although no major damages were found on the ships, MV Victory will still need to go to the slipway.

“MV Victory will need to go to the slipway because it is an old vessel and although it received only a small damage it needs to be fixed properly to ensure its sea worthiness,” Mr Mitau said.

Therefore, he said MV Tafusibata must also be inspected.

“We call on MV Tafusibata to please come forward for inspection as soon as possible,” the SIMSA acting director said.

No casualties or death had been reported from these three separate incidents.

Meanwhile, Mr Mitau urged ship owners to ensure their ships are sea worthy.

“Ships need to do a planned maintenance regularly and do its slipway inspection two times every five years.”

He said SIMSA regulations are there and ship owners must ensure their vessels are sea worthy and safe for public use.

Currently Solomon Islands ships registrar has recoded nearly 300 registered ships operating in the Solomon Islands waters.

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