Investigation into grounding going in
The investigation into the reason why the "Spirit of Altruism" ran aground at Cakaudavui reef with 134 passengers on board continued. The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji expected the investigation to be concluded in the next three weeks. The appointment has been done for the investigator to carry out an investigation into the incident and it will take some time to find out the issues behind the drifting of the vessel onto Cakaudavui reef near Levuka following an engine problem. Relevant paperwork for the ship was in order.
Passengers evacuated after ferry grounded off Naigani Island
The "Spirit of Altruism" ran aground on a reef in Lomaiviti in the morning of Apr 2, 2018. The ferry had left Natovi at 7.30 a.m. bound for Nabouwalu but developed engine problems. The ship drifted about 200 meters before it got stuck on a reef off Naigani Island at 9 a.m. The passengers on the ship were given life jackets and instructed to prepare to disembark. The "Spirit of Harmony" and "Spirit of Love", both of the Patterson Shipping, approached the "Spirit of Altruism" and took them aboard within two hours. They were transported back to Natovi. The Fiji Martitime Surveillance Rescue Coordination Centre was monitoring the situation and two tugs were en route to troubled ferry. On Apr 4 the ferry was refloated and pulled to the Natovi jetty, where it was safely berthed. An investigation into the incident was ongoing. Reports with photos and video: https://fijisun.com.fj/2018/04/03/ferry-passengers-rescued/ http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=440286 http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/61793/passengers-on-board-mv-spirit-of-altruism-rescued http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=440272
Passengers trapped aboard for three hours
The passengers aboard the "Spirit of Altruism" were trapped at the Natovi jetty for three hours on Apr 29, 2017, due to mechanical problems. Upon arriving at the Natovi jetty, the door of the vessel was not opening. It had left Nabouwalu jetty in the morning and reached Natovi jetty at about 3.30 p.m. The door was opened at around 6.40 p.m. after the engineers ´jad rectified the mechanical problem.Upload News