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Sinking horror

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Thursday, November 26, 2015

I READ with great horror the sinking of the MV Suilven.

The ship is understood to have been built around the early 1970s and has been around for about 40 years.

I remember making trips to Suva from Savusavu in the MV Suilven. Those were the prime days of MV Suilven.

Sadly, this ship went down with 25 twenty feet reefer containers.

Luckily at the time of the accident, the ship was carrying 30 crew members and four passengers who were truck drivers.

On a positive note, it was a delight to read that Infrastructure and Transport Ministry permanent secretary Francis Kean confirmed MSAF had also liaised with oil companies for their oil spill equipment to be on standby for deployment should the need arise.

The ocean has to be prevented from oil spillage which would have drastic impacts on marine life, especially the growth of coral reefs.

This serves as a timely reminder to all about the importance of safety at sea. This incident may spark fear in the mind-set of an ordinary traveller about their safety while at sea.

Travelling by boats has become a norm for those who cannot afford the skyrocking air fares.

I believe it is the duty of every owner of shipping vessels to ensure the safety of passengers.

It is my humble plea to the concerned authorities to monitor shipping vessels.

As I make my trip to Bangkok, I congratulate all those students who have received prizes at their school's annual prize-giving ceremonies.

To those children who missed out, continue to work hard. This is not the end of the journey.

I know how it feels when one is called out to be awarded and when you have your loved ones with you, the feeling is so special.

As we come to the end of the school year, the safety of children should remain the top most priority.

I will miss the hard copy of my favourite newspaper but I will be reading it online.

I wish every citizen of Fiji a blessed week.

May the good Lord bless each one of us!

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