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The ATSB assisted the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) in their investigation into the loss of the vessel. TAIC is the lead agency in this investigation.

The inter-island ferry, the MV Princess Ashika, sank in Tongan waters 5 August 2009. There were many lives tragically lost. Pursuant to the Royal Commission Act (Cap 41) Laws of Tonga, a Royal Commission into the Sinking of the MV Princess Ashika was established.

General details
Date: 05 August 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: Evening (UTC +13)  
Location   (show map):Approximately 11 nautical miles from Nomuka, Ha'apai, Tonga Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Foundered 
Release date: 29 June 2010  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Vessel details
Vessel: Princess Ashika 
Flag: Fiji 
IMO: 7234002 
Type of Operation: Vehicular passenger ferry  
Damage to Vessel: Destroyed 
Departure point:Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Departure time:5 August 2009
Destination:Nomuka, Ha'apai, Tonga

Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC)

Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika

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Last update 14 November 2018