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Transport Minister says ferry disaster no surprise

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Papua New Guinea’s Transport Minister says he could have predicted last Thursday’s ferry disaster, given the state of the country’s vessels and complacent attitudes towards safety, reports Radio New Zealand

A preliminary investigation into the sinking is underway but Francis Awesa wants Australian help to carry out an independent investigation.

Six people are known to have died when the ferry sank, and more than 100 are still missing.

The remaining 246 people were rescued.

Mr Awesa says the ferry had 40 more people on board than it was licensed to carry.

  1. Karsie
    February 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Well, why didn’t the good Minister intervene if he had predicted? He realized, it was a matter of time before a massive disaster struck but yet showed no concern? That’s the way the govt dealt with issues like this through its State Minister, right? In other countries like Australia, NZ, England, the USA he would have resigned and heads of relevant stateagencies would be immediately placed on the chopping blocks.

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