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Attempts to salvage cargoes and the sunken vessel at Suva Harbour underway on Sunday May 14th, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga.
May 17
11:00 2017


The Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) has issued the removal order to Cruz Holdings Limited, the owner of the sunken vessel Southern Phoenix.

“FPCL has already issued the removal order to Cruz Holdings Ltd, “FPTL chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said.

He added – “It is the ship-owner’s responsibility to remove all cargo and the sunken vessel.”

Mr Piyasena said CHL had now contracted this task to a professional and competent salvage company.

“All salvage crew is currently in Fiji and recovery of containers now in progress.”

He said CHL had provided daily updates to both FPCL and the

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF).

According to the FPCL CEO the company is currently waiting for the specialised equipment that would be arriving from overseas.

The general process for the huge work is; removal of cargo, removal of all oil and the removal of the wreck.

FPCL is currently facilitating the removal of containers / monitoring of pollution and MSAF is facilitating the pollution prevention aspect.

As this is a complex operation, he said they did not have immediate timelines for removal.

When contacted yesterday, Cruz Holdings Limited said they would not be releasing any statement until they received information from the experts.

The company according to its website has a fleet of nine vessels which are as follows: – cargo vessel Southern Phoenix; general cargo container MV Komaiwai; landing barge L.C Senikabuta, dump barge D.B Yarra I; dump barge D.P. Yarra II; landing barge Adi Waitui; ocean going tug boat M.T Bandicoot; ocean going tug boat M.T. Mariner and fire fighting tug boat M.T. Numbo.

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