At a quarter to midnight, July 4th, 1981, the 7550 tonne container vessel Waigani Express slammed into a coral reef, 1500 metres offshore and within sight of the Hood Point lighthouse, 80 kilometres southeast of Port Moresby. It looked a certain write off. Millions on the rocks, a high tide deadline to meet, broken ropes and a big storm. Salvage, the worlds second oldest profession is more fascinating than the first. Waigani Express documents the frustrations, the politics, the dangers and the elation of a successful, modern day salvage operation.
Award for Creative Excellence, United States Industrial Film Festival, Chicago, 1982.
Filmed in 16mm.
Runing time 48 minutes.