Contradicting statements on Phoenix sinking

Opposition MP Salote Radrodro (left), Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Minister Jone Usamate and Government MP Matai Akauola during a break in Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Opposition MP Salote Radrodro (left), Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Minister Jone Usamate and Government MP Matai Akauola during a break in Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

CONTRADICTING statements by stakeholders on the sinking of the MV Southern Phoenix has prompted another round of interviews.

This was revealed by Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Acting Minister for Local Government, Environment and Housing, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while responding to an oral question by Opposition Whip Salote Radrodro on the result of the capsizing of the container ship in the Suva Harbour.

He said part of the investigations into the incident was in relation to the contradicting statements from stakeholders, which prompted another round of interviews — which is currently being done.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said after this process, an investigation report would be prepared and submitted to the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF).

He clarified that the MSAF technical committee would then deliberate on the report and the actions to be taken to be communicated to all relevant stakeholders for implementation and action.

“And then re-conduct interviews of contradicting statements.

“This is currently in process,” Mr Sayed- Khaiyum said.

“At this stage, they are looking at another four weeks before the investigations are completed. Once the report is compiled, then of course it will be given to the shipping companies, but also we are required, or MSAF is required, to submit a report on the incident to the International Maritime Organisation under the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea and the International Convention on Pollution from Ships.”

The MV Southern Phoenix sank in the Suva Harbour in May last year.