Sal­vaging Kiro maybe not worth cost: PM

Fiji Sun - - Parliament - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA Edited by Maraia Vula arieta.vakasukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

Ef­forts to sal­vage the RFNS Kiro are still un­clear af­ter it ran aground on Cakauyawa Reef off Nuku­lau Is­land in July. How­ever, the Prime Min­is­ter, Voreqe Bain­i­marama said out­side Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, it may be a waste of re­sources and time try­ing to get the naval ves­sel float­ing again. He said a re­port on the RFNS KIRO was ex­pected to be out soon. “I’ve told the Com­man­der of the RFMF Mil­i­tary and also the Com­man­der of the Navy again, have a look at it. Be­cause we may be wast­ing a lot of re­sources and time try­ing to get it floated again be­cause the way its sit­ting now, I think it’s be­yond that.

“The Navy is still try­ing to get it float­ing again but as far as I know they are work­ing on that and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sults will be com­ing soon,” Mr Bain­i­marama said. Min­is­ter for De­fence, Im­mi­gra­tion and Na­tional Se­cu­rity, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola also said out­side Par­lia­ment, that he would need time to look into the is­sue be­fore mak­ing any com­ments. The RFNS Kiro was one of the five navy ves­sels of the Fiji Naval Squadron which over­sees the pa­trolling of Fiji’s ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone.

I’ve told the Com­man­der of the RFMF Mil­i­tary and also the Com­man­der of the Navy again, have a look at it be­cause we may be wast­ing a lot of re­sources and time try­ing to get it floated again. Be­cause the way its sit­ting now, I think it’s be­yond that. Voreqe Bain­i­marama Prime Min­is­ter

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama (left) and Op­po­si­tion MP Ratu Sela Nanovo out­side Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

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