09 March, 2006

F$500,000 to remove derelict vessels from Suva Harbour

The cost of removing 50 derelict vessels from Suva Harbour could amount to F$500,000 according to the Fiji Ports Corporation. The Corporation confirmed the cost of removing one boat would be close to F$10,000 - a bill that would have to be footed by vessel owners. Owners of the boats have been given notices and action would be taken after discussions with them. The Corporation said that most of the boats were used as fishing vessels but were abandoned by their owners who faced problems getting fishing licences. Most of the owners were bankrupt businessmen who could not afford to remove the vessels. The Department of Environment said derelict vessels in the harbour were responsible for releasing heavy metals into the sea which harmed marine life and people who consumed seafood from the area.

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