BOARD OF MARINE INQUIRY COMPLETED

BOARD OF MARINE INQUIRY COMPLETED

Posted by : Quoting Radio New Zealand Posted on : 06-May-2020

“The Board of Marine inquiry into a fatal ferry incident in Solomon Islands has been completed.

“The inquiry investigated the maritime safety issues surrounding the voyage of the MV Taimareho on 2 April during which 27 people lost their lives in extremely rough seas associated with Cyclone Harold.

“The management, captain and crew of the MV Taimareho are at the centre of two investigations into a tragic incident at sea during which 27 people died after being swept overboard “The director of the Solomon Islands Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, Jonah Mitau, said the inquiry was completed yesterday.

“Mr Mitau said the board is in the process of compiling its findings and recommendations into a report to be submitted to the Minister of Infrastructure Development.

“He said once the government has approved the report, its recommendations to improve maritime safety will be implemented.

“Mr Mitau said it will be good if the findings are made public but there is no guarantee that they will be.

“A separate criminal investigation into the incident is still being carried out by police.”

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