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FPCL Ready To Salvage Sunken Vessels

The Fiji Ports Cooperation Limited is ready to salvage the two sunken ships belonging to Venu Shipping – MV Suilven at the Suva Harbour and the MV Sinuwasa I at
19 Oct 2016 11:00
FPCL Ready To Salvage Sunken Vessels

The Fiji Ports Cooperation Limited is ready to salvage the two sunken ships belonging to Venu Shipping – MV Suilven at the Suva Harbour and the MV Sinuwasa I at the Levuka Port.

FPCL chief executive officer Mr Vajira Piyasena had confirmed to the Fiji Sun that they had issued the removal order to Venu Shipping.

Venu Shipping director Ben Naidu had confirmed that the company had prioritized the removal of the two vessels.

Mr Piyasena said the owner was responsible for the salvage and removal of the two vessels.

“If the owner cannot remove the vessel, FPCL can remove it at owner’s cost,” he said.

According to the FPCL chief executive officer the cost for the removal of the MV Suilven alone is in excess of F$40 million.

This he said was determined after the assessment and the cost for removal was done by the Arden Salvaging Company from New Zealand in March this year.

He said because of the cost, the removal of the MV Suilven was now come to a standstill.

He said at the moment FPCL could not remove this vessel but they had to sign an agreement with the company because to guarantee they would claim for the expenses.

A legal action has been filed against the company to recover the costs.”

The MV Suilven according to is not causing any immediate threat to navigation.

At the moment the owner of the Venue Shipping was in the process of removing the Sinuwasa 1 in Levuka.

Mr Piyasena said the vessel had been causing obstruction to the Pacific Fishing Company Limited (PAFCO) wharf operation.

The MV Suilven went down at the entrance of the Suva Harbour on November 24 last year, while the Sinu-i-Wasa sank during Tropical Cyclone Winston while berthed at Levuka Harbour. Its sister ship Sinu-i-Wasa III also ran aground at Ovalau.

The MV Suilven was transporting more than $5m worth of tuna loins, canned tuna, fish oil and other products in 25, 20 – foot containers with a few trucks that belonged to PAFCO.

In an earlier media release from PAFCO, it said they had recovered their losses as their products were insured.



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