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Oil Extraction Operation Completed

Oil Extraction Operation Completed
June 07
11:16 2017

The oil extraction and recovery operation on the MV Southern Phoenix has been completed.

This mammoth task according to Mr John Tunidau the chief executive officer (CEO) of Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) was carried by the salvage company Ardent.

“The work by the salvage company was under close supervision by MSAF Pollution Team and Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL),” he said.

The recovery operation he said was completed on 1st June, 2017.

Mr Tunidau said MSAF/FPCL and the ship owner would continue to monitor the site for any sign of oil spillage if any, to ensure that all safety measures were taken to protect Fiji’s Marine Environment.

According to Mr Tunidau deployed oil spill booms will be kept in place until the removal of cargoes attached to the ship and the ship itself commences.

“All valves from tanks have been closed off as an added precaution.” He said a tender for the removal of the ship and the remaining cargo attached to the ship had been advertised and the operation was expected to commence soon.

In an earlier interview the chief executive officer of the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL), Mr Vajira Piyasena had confirmed that the removal order had been issued to Cruz Holdings Limited, the owner of the sunken vessel Southern Phoenix. He said – “It is the ship-owner’s responsibility to remove all cargo and the sunken vessel.”

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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