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Removal of Southern Phoenix Under The Jurisdiction of FPCL

Removal of Southern Phoenix Under The Jurisdiction of  FPCL
MV Southern Phoenix at Suva Port on July 11, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
July 12
11:00 2017

 

The removal of the sunken MV Southern Phoenix from Suva Harbour is under the jurisdiction of Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL)

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by FPCL chief executive officer (CEO) Vajira Piyasena.

“We confirm that the removal of MV “Southern Phoenix” is under the jurisdiction of FPCL as the wreck is inside the Suva port boundary,” he said.

However, he said it was the ship owner’s responsibility to remove it as they had already issued the removal order.

According to Mr Piyasena at this stage to their understanding the tender process initiated by the ship owner, Cruz Holdings Ltd (CHL) is underway.

Replying to Fiji Sun’s queries yesterday the general manager Cruz Holdings Limited Victor Fatiaki said they were working in stages.

“The Southern Phoenix is insured for Protection & Indemnity (P&I) Cover and the Insurance Underwriter had confirmed coverage.

The P&I cover is for the removal of the Oil, cargo & the wreck,” he said.

The stages are as follows:

m Stage One: When the Southern Phoenix sank on May 6th 2017, Cruz Holdings Limited with P&I insurance, proactively contracted “Ardent Global Salvage” company to remove all the ship’s fuel oil bunker inside the tanks and remove all the containers broken off from the casualty. Total fuel oil removed was 271,675 liters. This proactive measure controlled and prevented any major oil spill and pollution in the harbor. The first stage was completed on June 1st 2017. Cruz Holdings Ltd to date still stationed a vessel and personnel on site, standing by to skim any small oil leaks inside the oil boom until a contactor was awarded to remove the wreck.

m Stage Two: Global Salvage Consultancy prepared an “Invitation to Tender Document”, (ITT) and was issued on June 19, 2017 to 12 International Salvage companies who are interested in this wreck removal. The ITT will be closed on July 14, 2017.

m Stage Three: The assessment of the tender will be carried out by Global Salvage Consultancy and will take about 4 weeks and then submit to the Insurance and Owners of the Southern Phoenix to award the contract to the successful bidder.

m Stage Four: Mobilization of heavy equipment and salvage personnel to Fiji, will take about 2 months. These will include “Heavy lift cranes, big barges, which will have to be towed from overseas to Fiji.

m Stage Five: The wreck will have to be up righted as she is currently lying on her portside, lift out the cargo containers inside the ship’s cargo hole and either scuttle the wreck or refloat and towed outside the harbour to be dumped to an approved location.

This last stage will take about 3 months to complete the operation.

In conclusion he said the Southern Phoenix was insured for a cap amount and the cover was confirmed by Insurance Company.

The total cost for the wreck removal would depend on the outcome of the invitation to tender.

He said the wreck removal operation should be completed by early next year if there were no unforeseen delays

Before the vessel sank at Suva Port on May 06 this year the MV Southern Phoenix was currently on full time charter to Pacific Direct Line and ran between Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati.

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