Sir Clifford Skeggs
Dunedin businessman Sir Clifford Skeggs is counting the
cost of Tropical Cyclone Evan after it caused significant
damage to his properties in Fiji earlier this week.
A state of natural disaster is in place in Fiji as the
Pacific nation begins the clean-up in the wake of Cyclone
Speaking from Tasmania yesterday, Sir Clifford said he had
many shore-based facilities which were not damaged by the
storm, but two of three large marinas he owns have been
One of the marinas affected was at Port Denarau and was the
largest in Fiji.
Sir Clifford said a lot of money had been spent developing
the marina during the past 11 years.
Unfortunately, the marinas cannot be insured, he said.
''It's going to cost millions.''
He said the marinas held up to 130 boats, some up to 70m
long, but owners had plenty of warning about the approaching
storm and were able to move them to safer areas of the
However, Sir Clifford's own pleasure boat, Sabbatical, was
not so lucky.
It was severely damaged when it blew from its moorings and
washed on to the rocks.
Fortunately, the boat was insured, he said.
''It's been a very bad week - an absolute disaster.''
Sir Clifford said work had already begun rebuilding the
marinas and he hoped they would be fully operational again as
early as April next year.