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Cargo retrieved from grounded landing craft: Fenaka

Mariyam Malsa
23 September 2020, MVT 12:42
Cargo from the landing craft being transferred to an MTCC vessel. PHOTO: FENAKA
Mariyam Malsa
23 September 2020, MVT 12:42

Fenaka Corporation Limited, on Tuesday, confirmed the safe retrieval of the majority of goods aboard the landing craft which ran aground near Filladhoo, Haa Alif Atoll, on September 14.

Fenaka's Managing Director Ahmed Saeed revealed that the cargo, valued at approximately MVR 13 million, included generators for Ihavandhoo, Filladhoo and Dhidhdhoo in Haa Alif Atoll, as well as radiators and cables for some other islands.

He added that most of the salvaged goods were now en route to Milandhoo, Shaviyani Atoll, from where they will be disbursed to the originally intended destinations in northern Maldives.

Saeed further noted that Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) would retrieve the remaining cargo aboard the landing craft using one of the company's vessels.

The MD assured the cargo was not damaged to any extent and that the goods were insured.

Initial efforts to refloat the landing craft were conducted by the third party contracted to transport cargo. However, the operation was taken over by Fenaka after the contracted company failed to refloat the vessel.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandated to assess damages resulting from marine accidents involving vessels running aground on reefs, EPA's Director General Ibrahim Naeem stated that the process could only be completed after the landing craft was refloated.

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