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Underwater Survey On Sunken Ferry

An underwater survey of the sunken ferry MV Suilven was completed by an Australian company and a local counterpart last week. Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajira
03 Feb 2016 08:30
Underwater Survey On  Sunken Ferry
The Sunken MV Suilven.

An underwater survey of the sunken ferry MV Suilven was completed by an Australian company and a local counterpart last week.

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said the estimated cost of the operation is about USD $38k (FJD $82,000).

However, he said, they would wait for the final invoice.

Mr Piyasena said the cost of salvaging the ferry would be determined after the assessment. He added that the final report on the assessment would be an internal one that would be discussed with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Public Enterprises, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and the ferry owners.

“Assessment already conducted by ARDENT Australia and our local counterpart is South Sea Towage Limited.

“The assessment team came to Fiji on Sunday, January 24, completed the inspection and went back on Friday, January 29,” Mr Piyasena said.

He explained that the comprehensive assessment included an underwater inspection and underwater video, a check for shifting of the wreck, any trace of oil and any damage to the structure.

“We may get the report in two weeks time but it will not be a public report and will be an internal report,” he added.

ARDENT Australia was awarded the tender to conduct the comprehensive assessment of what it will take to salvage the ferry.

The MV Suilven sunk in the Suva Harbour on November 24, last year.

 

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