Sunken vessel to be removed

A pilot boat heads toward the sunken cargo ship 'MV Southern Phoenix' at the Suva harbour. Picture: ATU RASEA/FILE

THE sunken derelict vessel MV Southern Phoenix’s removal process from the Suva harbour is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

This was confirmed to this newspaper by Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena.

Mr Piyasena said Pacific Towing (PNG) Ltd had already commenced with mobilising their salvaging equipment for loading from Australia to Fiji.

“Owner of Southern Phoenix, Cruz Holdings Ltd, has also advised us that additional equipment has also been prepared for mobilising from USA and Singapore,” Mr Piyasena said.

He said the salvaging operation was expected to begin once this equipment arrived in the country and it was expected to be completed before the year end.

“The MV Southern Phoenix lies on an angle approximately 70 degrees on its port side in about 11 metres of water approximately 140m south of the Southern end of the Kings Wharf in Suva,” he said.

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