Work is progressing well in the scuttling of the derelict vessel- the MV Southern Phoenix that sank in the Suva Harbour on May 6, 2017.

As of last week the hull of the vessel was re-floated, this after the successful Re-floatation of the ship.
All structures, including accommodation have been cut off and sunk at the provided scuttling position which is beyond 1000 meters in water depth outside the Suva Harbour.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji-Acting Chief Executive Officer -Captain Philip Hill says the positive outcome of the removal of the vessel was through the joint effort of the vessel owner-Cruz Holdings Limited, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited and MSAF.

Hill says the ship is further stabilized at the sunken position-preparing to move the hull to the standby mooring for the final tow out to the scuttling position.

He added all Approvals from the relevant Authorities was obtained in 2018 prior to the commencement of the Salvage Operation.

The Scuttling process does not in any way pose any threat to other vessels in terms of Navigation.

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