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Fiji, Savusavu: Westerland Ferry endangers yachts seeing shelter from Cyclone Evan

By Sue Richards — last modified Dec 24, 2012 12:47 PM

Published: 2012-12-24 00:00:00
Countries: Fiji

Cruisers in Savusavu  – reputed to be the best cyclone shelter in Fiji.– are upset and angry following the grounding of a Westerland ferry in the mooring field last week.

Cruisers carefully moored awaiting the arrival of Cyclone Evan were surprised and concerned when the massive ferry motored through the fleet of moored boats and grounded herself in close proximity to several yachts.

Local businesses are concerned about this action and Geoff Taylor of Copra Shed Marina in Savusavu told noonsite; “The beaching of the M.V.Westerland prior to the arrival of Cyclone Evan was extremely unprofessional. A report has been submitted to the authorities and a full investigation will be implemented to ensure this will not happen again. All steps were taken to avoid this action. This is the first time such an incident has taken place and we are maintaining that it will be the last”.

Concerned cruisers, who specifically stayed in Fiji for the cyclone season, with the expectation of reasonably secure moorings, have now met with all the marina operators and appropriate response and action plans were agreed for cyclone impacts.

It is hoped this incident with the Westerland ferry is a one-off. Thankfully no damage occurred to any yachts in the mooring field and Savusavu escaped Cyclone Evan (a category 4 Cyclone and the worst to hit Fiji in 20 years) with very little damage, in contrast to the west where it is believed extensive damage occurred at Denerau.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/savusavufiji to see photographs of the storm and the Westerland incident.

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