Four professional teams have each completed technical assessments on Vanuatu’s patrol boat, the RVS Tukoro, that was driven ashore by strong winds and rough seas at the height of Tropical Cyclone Pam in the early morning of Saturday, March 14 and is now high and dry on the beach at Tasiriki village, Moso Island off West Efate, north of Port Vila.
This has been confirmed by the Acting Commissioner of the Vanuatu Police Force, Job Esau, who said these teams will soon be providing to his office their reports detailing their salvage plans for RVS Tukoro.
Acting Commissioner Esau says his office hopes to receive the reports this week after which he will make a decision on the company that will be given the task of salvaging the patrol boat. He says an agreement will then be drawn up and signed with the company concerned before the work is carried out.
The Acting Commissioner says he is pleased that funding for the operation has been identified and will come from the Australia-Vanuatu Police project, under which the Australian government provides support to the Vanuatu Police Force.
Acting Commissioner Esau praised the captain and crew of the Tukoro in their handling of the situation during the beaching of the patrol boat.
“This is the first time for such a boat to face a Category 5 cyclonic condition and I am glad with the way the Captain and his 17-man crew put the ship ashore at a place where it is safe and no life was lost in the operation.”