An Australian yacht Sisu with three professional sailors on board was permitted into the Alofi Bay this morning on a technical fuel stop.
The yacht was recently purchased in Tahiti and the crew was sailing the yacht to Australia when it ran into rough weather last week using up most of its fuel to get through the rough weather.
According to the Chief of Police Tim Wilson, the crew of Sisu sent through an application for a technical fuel stop last week and the application was approved by Cabinet. They needed 200 litres of diesel so they can make it to Fiji for further supplies.
This morning, just after 9 am the Chief of Police accompanied by one official from Customs and one official from Immigration delivered ten containers containing 20 litres of diesel to the yacht.
Chief Wilson told BCN news, there was no contact with the crew and the government border officials were in full PPE gear. The crew of the boat were at the back of the yacht as the fuel was loaded to the front of the yacht.
With 200 litres of diesel on board, the Australian yacht Sisu and its crew went on their way heading to the Blue Lane at Port Denarau in Fiji where they will restock before traveling on to Australia.
Chief Tim Wilson said that all three crew members were double vaccinated and tested negative before leaving Tahiti about 13 days ago.