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9 International Salvage Companies Applied

9 International Salvage Companies Applied
Cruise (Holding) Limited’s cargo ship Southern Phoenix sank about 30 meters away from Kings Wharf early Saturday morning. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 16
11:00 2017

A total of nine international salvage companies had applied for the removal of the Southern Phoenix from the Suva Harbour.

This has been confirmed to the Fiji Sun by general manager Cruz Holding Limited Mr Victor Fatiaki.

“The tender closed on 13th July 2017,” he said.

He had earlier said that  they were working  in stages for the removal of their sunken vessel and 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.

Mr Fatiaki in his earlier response 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.

He said that it was very unfortunate that two local companies applied but did not comply with the tender criteria.

Once the tender was awarded the next stage would be stage 4.

“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.

He said that the salvage work would be completed early next year if things went well

The Southern Phoenix is listed as one of the 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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