Oil spill long Port Vila wharf

Pipol we i liv raon long temporari wof long Port Vila, i ripotem ol Oil long solwota.

Hemia i no festaem mo Ports Otoriti i talem se bae i lonsem wan investigesen long kes ia.

Ol eyewitness i tekem image blong oil spill long naet, we i likeli se pipol o ship hemi minim blong kapsaetem oil ia long taem we pipol i no luk o oli no wokbaot.

Mbe wan grup blong ol man we oli bin wekap long taem ia, oli luk solwota i washem wan bigfala amaon blong oil i ko long shoa.

Oli mekem allegesen se oil spill ya i mas kamout long tu ship, we oli bin anka long taem ia.

VBTC i tekem ripot ya igo long ol otoriti risponsibol, mo i nogat wan i awea long inciden ia yet.

Lloyd Fikiasi, Deputy Commissioner blong Vanuatu Maritime mo Safety Authority (VMSA), i mekem wan kwik kol i ko long investigation tim aotsaed long solwota from isiu ya, mo tim bai i tekem aksen blong investigetem.

Hemi talem se ino festaem we oli karem ol ripot olsem, mo hemi explenem ol posibol way olsem wanem kaen fasin olsem i save hapen.

“Ol bigfala saspek blong yumi tufala sip ia,” Mr. Fikiasi i talem.

“Bai ol boy oli go jekem enjin rum. Espesiali spos sip i gat ol pam mo ol paep i ko aotsaed, bai mifala save folem mo investiketem.

“Afta sipos ol oil bill insaed long enjin rum hemi emit, hemi posibol blong oli kapsaedem oil aotsaed.

“Sipos sip i gat fulap oil, oli mas fulumap igo long ol dram, afta oli save kapsaedem folem nomol proses blong hem,” Mr. Fikiasi I talem.

Hemi talem tu se anda long loa, ol fasin olsem i no stret from i spolem solwota mo ol marine laef mo i save gat penalti from.

“Ol penalti i save kasem VT60 million. Blong wan man, hemi kasem VT5 million.

“Hemia sipos kot i jajem olgeta.

“Mbe sipos mifala putum ol spot penalty, bai i save kasem VT1 million,” Mr Fikiasi i talem.

Hickson Siba we i lukaot long Maritime Emergency Response mo Investigation Unit anda long Vanuatu Maritime mo Safety Authority i talem se mata ia hemi siries mo bai i ko anda investigation.

“Long kes we i hapen, bambae mifala i ko raon long ol sip mo jekem ol bills mo sistem blong olgeta,” Mr Siba i talem.

“Evritaem wan enjinia i operetm mashin insaed long sip, bai i mas lokem daon ol Enjin Rum Lok Buk.

“Wanem bai mifala i mekem, bai mifala i jekem ol lok buk ia,” Mr Siba i talem.

Hemi talem se bai oli holem ship we i responsibol long oil spil ia afta long investigesen we bai oli karemaot.

Temporari Anchorage long eria blong boat yard hemi blong ship i yusum kasem main wharf hemi vinis.

by Tiffany Baldwin.

 

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