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MSAF Continues To Ensure Safety Of Marine Environment

The oil extraction and recovery operation on the MV Southern Phoenix had been completed earlier this year by salvage company, Ardent, under close supervision by the Maritime and Safety Authority
27 Sep 2017 10:30
MSAF Continues To Ensure Safety Of Marine Environment
Maritime Safety Authority

The oil extraction and recovery operation on the MV Southern Phoenix had been completed earlier this year by salvage company, Ardent, under close supervision by the Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) Pollution Team and Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL).

A team from Maritime New Zealand also assisted with the process.

The operation was completed on June 1, 2017.

“Although the clean-up and salvaging of oil and chemicals is completed an MSAF team is present at the site as a precautionary measure to monitor any possible left over oil slick that may be emitted from the wreck.

“If any threat to the environment is detected, MSAF is ready to deploy immediately,” said MSAF CEO, John Tunidau.

MSAF is responsible for ensuring harmful substances such as oil and chemicals are removed from derelict ships and not removable of the ships themselves when the ship is within declared port boundaries.

The ship owners are currently working with FPCL to remove the ship from the Suva Harbour.

 

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