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Oil spill a concern for Navy

November 27, 2015 4:40 am

The Fiji Navy is struggling to send divers to the MV Suilven which lies at the bottom of Suva Harbour.

The priority for the Navy is to prevent any oil spills but the weather is proving to be an impediment.

The sunken vessel lies in forty metres of water in this area called Levu passage.

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Fiji Navy Commander Captain John Fox says the Hydrographic Unit has been able to pinpoint the location of the vessel but no divers have gone down to the wreckage.

“The initial dives were just to place the marker buoys but I think there may be other diving companies engaged to help in removing oil from the vessel which is one of the main concerns at the moment.”

A concern for the authorities is the eight thousand litres of fuel which the MV Suilven was carrying when it sank.

Captain Fox says they’d like to get to the ship and carry out an assessment before anything drastic happens.

The MV Suilven sent down on Tuesday afternoon but thirty four people on board were rescued.

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