Photo: MV SOLOMON QUEEN AND MV KOPRA ON FIRE IN THE BUKA PASSAGE
Reports from Buka say that the Mv Solomon Queen has been set on fire and two other two Rabaul Shipping copra vessels have been cut loose and are now drifting out into the open sea.
The three vessels had been held under guard by local groups since the sinking of the Rabaul Queen on February 2nd. The groups said the ships would not be released until Rabaul Shipping owner Peter Sharp settled for the lives of the many Bougainvillians lost in the disaster and the recommendations of an official inquiry were published.
The PNG government is still stalling over the funding for the promised Commission of Inquiry.