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Salvage Begins For Sunken Vessel At Suva Harbour

Salvage works has begun on the Southern Phoenix which sank in the Suva Harbour last year in May. The Pacific Towing Papua New Guinea Limited began work on the ship
12 Nov 2018 11:45
Salvage Begins For Sunken Vessel At Suva Harbour
Works to salvage the sunken MV Southern Phoenix are underway at Suva Harbour on November 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Salvage works has begun on the Southern Phoenix which sank in the Suva Harbour last year in May.

The Pacific Towing Papua New Guinea Limited began work on the ship on Saturday.

According to their website, Pacific Towing is PNG’s leading marine salvage contractor and has been involved in more than 40 salvage operations in PNG in the last 10 years.

The MV Southern Phoenix, which was a container/general cargo vessel, is owned by Cruz Holdings Limited and sank at the Suva Harbour on May 6, 2017.

After a lapse of more than a year, salvaging works for the vessel have begun.

However, no comments on this could be obtained from Fiji Ports Corporation Limited or Pacific Towing PNG Ltd when this edition went to print last night.

In an earlier presentation made to the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs in May this year, the chief executive officer for Fiji Ports Corporation, Vajira Piyasena said that it would cost $1.2 million to salvage the MV Southern Phoenix vessel out of the Suva Harbour.

Edited by Percy Kean
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