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Fiji Ports Work With MSAF On Derelict Removal

Fiji Ports Work With MSAF On Derelict Removal
One of the wrecks to be removed the Shan Yu 16 partly submerged at a depth of 2 -6 meters at the Fiji Ships Slipway, Suva. Photo: Taraivini Seru
August 09
11:00 2017

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive Vijira Piyasena had said that it would be a massive task to remove derelicts from the Suva Harbour.

According to Mr Piyasena – “By definition FPCL is a private company and I am not sure our shareholders will agree to allocate millions of dollars for this non-commercial project.”

He said a recent draft ADB report relating to the removal of derelicts recommended that FPCL to work with MSAF to obtain relevant funds. “We believe that the involvement of a Government Authority in obtaining necessary funds could expedite the process.”

“Also there is one recently sank tug belongs to the Government Shipping Services (GSS). We have issued a removal order to GSS too. However, we have not received any update so far.”

He said there were 20 wrecks in the harbor excluding the Southern Phoenix that needed to be removed.

Meanwhile for the removal of the Southern Phoenix general manager Cruz Holding Limited Victor Fatiaki said they were working in stages.

For stage 2 Global Salvage Consultancy prepared an “Invitation to Tender Document”, (ITT) and was issued on June 19th 2017 to 12 International Salvage companies who are interested in this wreck removal. The ITT had closed.

He said the assessment of the tender would be carried out by Global Salvage Consultancy and would take about four weeks and then submit to the Insurance and Owners of the Southern Phoenix to award the contract to the successful bidder.

For stage 4 it will involve the 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.

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 three months to complete the operation.

Priority list of vessels to be removed from Suva Harbour as supplied by FPCL – Tunatuki, Southern Phoenix, Degei II, Western Pacific, Tug 7, Shan Yu #16, Barge Dautukiduru, Victory 2, Pingyang, Sunstar, Lady Geraldine, Vuniwai, Fishing Vessel(No: 1), Pyremo, Dolphin Free, Swift, Pacific Nomad, Tylo, Jack 21, Fishing Vessel (No: 2) and Ika 5.

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