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Salvaging Of MV Suilven To Take A Year

  The salvaging operation of sunken MV Suilven at the Habour of Suva will take more than a year, the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) has confirmed. FPCL chief executive
09 Mar 2016 08:00
Salvaging Of MV Suilven To Take A Year

 

The salvaging operation of sunken MV Suilven at the Habour of Suva will take more than a year, the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) has confirmed.

FPCL chief executive officer, Vajira Piyasena said this is one of the findings of an internal assessment undertaken by an Australian salvaging company.

The Corporation has received the draft assessment report by ARDENT TAustralia who jointly carried out the operation with local counterpart, South Sea towage Ltd.

While the report is an internal once, Mr Piyasena confirmed that the derelict vessel imposes no direct threat to the environment and that continuous monitoring is done.

He added that a recent monitoring assessment by their dive team was carried soon after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“The vessel has not moved but just slightly tilted during the height of the cyclone. There was no major oil spillage, only in small quantities, which has been removed.”

“The salvaging operation will take close to 400 days because of its magnitude.

“Firstly, the salvaging company will have to clear all the cargo, trucks, etc, before removing the vessel itself which in fact is a very extensive exercise,” Mr Piyasena said.

According to Mr Piyasena, the cost of the preliminary assessment is approximately $US38,000 ($FJ80,000).

“The report is an internal one but at the end of the day, whatever the cost is, will all be bourne by the organisation,” Mr Piyasena said.

He added that the report will be discussed with their stakeholders.

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