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Singapore Contractor To Salvage Sunken Vessel

Singapore Contractor To Salvage Sunken Vessel
Sunken China-registered fishing vessel FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 168 at the Suva Habour
April 18
11:00 2018

Salvaging of the sunken China-registered fishing vessel FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 168 which ran aground outside the main Suva pas­sage reef last Thursday is expected to get underway soon.

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) has confirmed that a con­tractor from Singapore will salvage the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 168 in the Suva Harbour.

FPCL chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said they were liaising with the vessel owner and relevant stakeholders on the recovery of oil and removal of the vessel.

“A removal order was issued to the agent on Friday, April 13, under Part 8 Section 27 of the Sea Ports Management Act 2005, to have the vessel removed within 21 days of the given notice,” Mr Piyasena said.

“The fishing vessel ran aground on the night of April 12 outside of the main Suva Passage Reef,” he said.

“The Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) is currently liaising with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), vessel owner, agent, and South Sea Towage Limited (SSTL) on the containment/recov­ery of oil and removal of FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 168.

“FPCL has established contact with Dover Marine, confirming they have been appointed by the ship’s Insurance Broker (Singapore), to act as Salvage consultant for its re­moval. Dover Marine is coordinat­ing with SSTL on its removal plan and operation.”


Meanwhile, investigation into the Patterson Brothers Shipping ves­sel Spirit of Altruism which ran aground at Cakaudavui reef with 134 passengers on board earlier this month continues.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji chief executive officer John Tunidau said the investigation is expected to be concluded in the next three weeks.

“As for the investigation on the Spirit of Altruism, the appointment has been done for the investigator to carry out an investigation into the incident and it will take some time to complete,” Mr Tunidau said.

“We are now conducting an inves­tigation to determine the issues be­hind the drifting of one its vessels on to Cakaudavui reef near Levuka earlier this month.

“The vessel was carrying 134 pas­sengers and 14 vehicles were report­ed to have drifted on to the reef fol­lowing an engine problem.

“Relevant paperwork for the ship is in order. We had received a written report from the vessel owner before the investigations was to be carried out,” he said.


Also, reinvestigation into the sunk­en Southern Phoenix is at its final stage. A contractor from overseas will salvage the vessel.

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