Southern Phoenix likely to be removed early in 2018

General cargo ship Southern Phoenix (IMO 8520434) was expected to be removed from the South Harbour of Suva Port, Fiji early in 2018, according to the country’s Maritime Safety Authority (MSA). The wreck had remained under the surveillance of the MSA in case of oil spills. The MSA held a meeting with the owners to ensure that a salvage tender was awarded and that work would start sometime in January. The ship will be removed to be scuttled at sea. Absorption pads have circled the wreck as a precaution since it sunk on May 6th 2017, reportedly a result of a breach in the ballast tanks that the crew were unable to repair. 1986-built, Panama-flagged, 3,113 gt Southern Phoenix is owned and managed by Cruz Holdings Ltd of Suva, Fiji. According to Equasis it is entered with Shipowners’ Mutual P&I Club, although it did not show up on the Shipowners’ Club database