MSAF To Fi­nalise Con­tract To Sal­vage Sunken Ves­sel

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The Mar­itime Safety Author­ity of Fiji (MSAF) has con­firmed that a con­trac­tor from abroad will sal­vage the South­ern Phoenix ves­sel in the Suva Har­bour.

MSAF safety, com­pli­ance and re­sponse man­ager Cap­tain Philip Hill said a few doc­u­ments were yet to be signed with the con­trac­tor and it would take about three months to re­move the wreck. “We un­der­stand the Fiji Ports Cor­po­ra­tion Limited (FPCL) un­der its plans will ap­proach the same con­trac­tor to clear other wrecks in the har­bour,” he said.

FPCL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Va­jira Piyasena said the strat­egy at the mo­ment was to see how they could oc­cupy the same con­trac­tor to re­move the wrecks.

Mr Piyasena said the re­moval of the ves­sel was han­dled by the owner Cruz Hold­ings Ltd and they would be able pro­vide this in­for­ma­tion.

“We (FPCL) have re­quested the same con­trac­tor to pro­vide a quote to re­move other wrecks in Suva and we are wait­ing for a re­ply,” Mr Piyasena added.

The ves­sel con­tin­ues to be un­der the watch­ful eyes of the MSAF to en­sure that any spills from the ships are mon­i­tored. Ab­sorp­tion pads en­cir­cled the wreck as a pre­cau­tion since it sank on May 6 last year.

The sunken South­ern Phoenix in the Suva Har­bour.

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