SUNBIZ

MV Southern Phoenix Salvage Contract Awarded

The four week reinvestigation of the sunken MV Southern Phoenix has been completed so says Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) chief executive officer (CEO) John Tunidau. The salvaging of
25 Apr 2018 10:00
MV Southern Phoenix Salvage Contract Awarded
Southern Phoenix sank about 30 meters away from Kings Wharf. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The four week reinvestigation of the sunken MV Southern Phoenix has been completed so says Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) chief executive officer (CEO) John Tunidau.

The salvaging of the MV Southern Phoenix is being awarded to a company in Australia.

MV Southern Phoenix had sunk on May 6, 2017 at the Suva Harbour.

Mr Tunidau said a report from the MSAF technical committee and relevant communications from all stakeholders, on actions to be taken will be forwarded to the International Maritime Organisation.

“Following that will be the preparations for the investigations of the interview report itself, a report from me, and a report from MSAF  technical committee and relevant communications from all stakeholders, on which actions that need to be taken,” he said.

“All reports compiled, all information have been handed to the owner of the vessel.

MSAF is required to provide a copy of the report to the International Maritime Organisation,” he said.

MV Southern Phoenix is owned by the Cruz Holdings Limited.

 

FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 168

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.

Mr Tunidau said Fiji Ports Corporation Limited will look into the salvaging  of the vessel.

“First of all this is a foreign registered ship (not registered in Fiji) and it is the responsibility of the flag of the ship to carry out the investigation. However, since the ship is wrecked in Fiji waters an appointment will be made to carry out an investigation into this incident. As for the salvaging of ship refer to FPCL,” he said.

FPCL  has confirmed Dover Marine that will salvage the vessel.

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.

“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,” Mr Piyasena said.

“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,” he said.

The fishing vessel ran aground on the night of April 11 outside of the main Suva Passage Reef.

 

SPIRIT OF ALTRUISM

Investigations are currently underway on Patterson Brothers Shipping vessel Spirit of Altruism which ran aground at Cakaudavui Reef.

There were 134 passengers on board when the vessel ran aground.

Spirit of Altruism had left Natovi for Nabouwalu last month and was due to arrive at its destination three hours later.

During the Parliament sitting last week, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Parveen Bala said that he would not respond to questions by the Opposition.

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