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Southern Phoenix To Be Removed By End Of Year

Work on the removal of the sunken Southern Phoenix is expected to start before the year ends. Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said ship owner;
03 Oct 2018 10:00
Southern Phoenix To Be Removed By End Of Year
MV Southern Phoenix in the Suva Habour Photo: Ronald Kumar

Work on the removal of the sunken Southern Phoenix is expected to start before the year ends.

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said ship owner; Cruz Holdings Limited was responsible for the removal of the sunken vessel from the Suva harbor.

“This work is expected to be carried out before the year ends,” Mr Piyasena said.

The 88 meter long, 4285 dwt cargo vessel Southern Phoenix  capsized had sunk in the Suva Harbor on May 6, 2017.

The Southern Phoenix  was berthed at the Suva wharf loading containers when it suffered water ingress.

The crew had attempted to stop the inflow, but the flooding could not be contained.  The cargo vessel began to list to its port side as it continued to fill with water.

Eventually the crew decided there was nothing they could do and evacuated the vessel.

The mooring lines were cut loose and a tug pulled the Southern Phoenix away from the berth.

Mr Piyasena said FPCL would also utilise the opportunity to remove other derelict vessels in the Suva Harbour.

Piyasena said a possible location either from sea site and land site has been identified but yet to be confirmed.

“Work for Southern Phoenix  is going to start very soon but for other vessels there is cost involve,” he said.

However, he said funding was a challenge for them and they were looking into funding options.

“We do not have specific budget for this but we are trying other options to assists us, beside there are some interest from countries in trying to assists us with salvaging exercise,” he said.

Currently, he said at this stage there is a funding agent that can cater at such.

“Apart from Southern Phoenix  vessel to be removed, there are other ship is in the process of removed and we are waiting for a reply,” Mr Piyasena added.

The vessel continues to be under the watchful eyes of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF).

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