CAP­TAINS SUS­PENDED

This fol­lows the near col­li­sion of their ves­sels MV Ohana and Lo­maiv­iti Princess VIII near the Nabouwalu Jetty in Bua around 12pm on Fri­day. READ RE­PORT ON PAGE 3

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - LUSIANA TUIMAISALA Edited by Ivamere Nataro

The mas­ters for MV Ohana and Lo­maiv­iti Princess VIII were each handed a sus­pen­sion let­ter by the Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity of Fiji (MSAF) yes­ter­day.

This was con­firmed to The Fiji Sun by the In­ter­link Ship­ping Line Ltd, di­rec­tor Ashish Ku­mar, and Goundar Ship­ping Ltd di­rec­tor, Ge­orge Goundar.

Sus­pended are Cap­tain Isireli Lalakobau of In­ter­link Ship­ping Line Ltd and Cap­tain Joe Salavau of Goundar Ship­ping Lim­ited.

The let­ter out­lines the 14-day sus­pen­sion of their Mas­ter Class 3 En­dorsed Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tency.

This fol­lows the near col­li­sion of the MV Ohana and Lo­maiv­iti Princess VIII near Nabouwalu Jetty in Bua around 12pm on Fri­day.

The is­sue came to light when a video, which has gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, first showed the MV Ohana and Lo­maiv­iti Princess VIII ap­proach­ing Nabouwalu in Vanua Levu af­ter trav­el­limg from Na­tovi in Viti Levu.

Photos pub­lished in yes­ter­day’s Fiji Sun high­lighted how close the two roll-on roll-off fer­ries came to each other.

MSAF chair David Kolita­gane said they would not com­ment un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­pleted.

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Goundar Ship­ping, In­ter­Link and Pat­ter­son Broth­ers all op­er­ate their pas­sen­ger and cargo fer­ries on the busy Na­tovi-Nabouwalu route. There have been pre­vi­ous dis­putes over rights to dock first at the jet­ties.

Upon con­firm­ing re­ceiv­ing the sus­pen­sion let­ter, yes­ter­day morn­ing, Mr Ku­mar said they hoped a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be con­ducted by MSAF and the review of the sus­pen­sion let­ter.

He said tomorrow the com­pany would have a full brief­ing with their cap­tain.

“The com­pany is now ready to sup­port our cap­tain dur­ing his 14 days sus­pen­sion.”

Mr Ku­mar also claimed that Goundar Ship­ping was not fol­low­ing the timetable ap­proved by MSAF.

Mr Goundar said MV Ohana was not fol­low­ing an ap­proved timetable.

MSAF chair David Kolita­gane said they would not com­ment un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­pleted.

MSAF sus­pen­sion let­ter

MSAF sus­pen­sion let­ter said: “In con­sul­ta­tion with the Min­is­ter and ac­cor­dance with sec­tion with 27 of the Mar­itime Trans­port Act 2013, no­tice is hereby given to sus­pend your Mas­ter Class 3 En­dorsed Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tency (CoC) for 14 days ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

“This no­tice to sus­pend is a re­sult of the col­li­sion on May 1, 2020, be­tween MV Ohana and MV Lo­maiv­iti Princess VIII.

“As the mas­ters, the priv­i­leges or du­ties for which your CoC was car­ried out in a care­less and in­com­pe­tent man­ner.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion will be un­der­taken within this 14 days, how­ever MSAF has the right to ex­tend your pe­riod of sus­pen­sion sub­ject to the com­ple­tion of full in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“You must im­me­di­ately sur­ren­der your Coc to the of­fice of the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at the time of re­ceipt of this let­ter.”

Lo­maiv­iti Princess VIII.

Goundar Ship­ping Ltd di­rec­tor, Ge­orge Goundar, at Walu Bay, Suva, on May 2, 2020, shows the sus­pen­sion let­ter he re­ceived from the Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity of Fiji sus­pend­ing Joe Salavau, the cap­tain for the

MV Ohana.

The let­ter from the Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity of Fiji, sus­pend­ing the cap­tain of the

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