Preliminary investigations of Nabouwalu boat accident complete but MSAF cannot reveal details yet

Preliminary investigations of Nabouwalu boat accident complete but MSAF cannot reveal details yet

By Pratika Mala
Wednesday 12/08/2020
Nabouwalu Jetty. [image: file]

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji says they cannot disclose any details until the completion of the full investigation on the boat accident in Nabouwalu last month that resulted in the death of a fisherman.

The fisherman was in a wooden fishing boat which collided with the inter-island passenger vessel – Joseph P about five kilometres away from the Nabouwalu Jetty.

MSAF says they conducted a preliminary investigation on the day of the incident and established a detailed plan and timeline moving forward.

It says it is unfortunate there have been a number of serious incidents that have occurred out at sea this year including the death of a Bosun in Ono-i-Lau, the collision of the MV Ohana and the Lomaiviti Princess VIII and the recent fatal incident involving the MV Joseph P and a fishing boat.

MSAF says they dedicate resources to try and address these cases at the earliest possible time.

MSAF further says the case of the MV Ohana and Lomaiviti Princess VIII was closed on the 22nd of May and the result of the investigation and decision by MSAF was discussed and executed with relevant parties.

They say investigations into the two remaining cases are continuing in consultation with Police.

In addressing the safety of vessels and passengers, MSAF says they also conduct training and awareness for boat master licenses and refresher courses which are facilitated by the Fiji Maritime Academy.

MSAF is encouraging the travelling public to share with them any information that can help improve safety for any travel at sea, both for small boats as well as bigger vessels.

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