Minister apologises for inconvenience after the MV SSC Fasefulu ran aground in Salelologa

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The MV SSC Fasefulu ran aground at approximately 11:06 AM on Monday, 21 August 2023, at the entrance of the Salelologa channel and was back at Port the same day.

This is outlined in a statement endorsed by Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure Olo Fiti Vaai.

The Captain and crew followed routine emergency procedures to await technical assistance. The technical team and divers boarded the vessel later that day and commenced the assessment.

A plan was formalized with the discharge of ballast waters, transfer of bilge waters, and fuel to lighten the ship. The vessel was free from aground at 7.30 PM on the same day.

All vehicles were safely offloaded shortly after. The MV SSC Fasefulu was not run aground at the exact location where the Nafanua patrol boat incident occurred in 2021.

A preliminary assessment of the matter has determined no major damage to the vessel. Though, an in-depth investigation into this matter has commenced and is being carried out by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure Maritime Division.

The SSC technical team managed to perform the repair works. The vessel is now watertight and can sail back to Apia. The only costs associated are for the other services rendered to assist in the recovery operation.

“I wish to acknowledge the members of the public who were affected by this incident. I apologize for any inconvenience caused and wish to express our utmost appreciation for your patience and understanding during the Corporation’s recovery.”