Plan to dump sunken ship
21 March, 2018, 12:00 am
THE Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has told Parliament the sunken MV Phoenix will be dumped outside Suva Harbour.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was responding to questions posed by Social Democratic Liberal Party’s (SODELPA) Mika Leawere during last week’s parliamentary session.
He said the ship would be dumped 7.2 miles away from Suva and 5.2 miles away from the reef.
The A-G said the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) had prevented an oil spill when the container ship sunk in the harbour last year.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said investigations into the sunken vessel could be completed in the next four weeks.
He further told Parliament that a summons had been issued for all those involved in the sinking of the MV Phoenix.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa also raised an issue on the number of derelict vessels in Suva Harbour.
In response, the A-G said there were 15 ships the Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd and the Ministry of Environment were hoping to get the expertise to deal with.