The capsizing of container ship Southern Phoenix was caused by problem with wing ballasting and fuel bunkering, according to the charterer of the vessel Pacific Direct Line. The local authorities and Suva wharf workers evacuated all the crew from the list developing vessel due to safety reasons. Also all the lines of the berthed vessel were cut and towed towards a safer position while it continued to take on more water. Small oil leak was reported, after capsizing, but Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) used absorbent pads around the submerged ship to remove pollution and ensure the safety of the marine environment. Also all the overboard containers were towed to the shore and the situation in the port was normalized.
“The crew was unable to rectify the situation as the vessel continued to take on more water, further listing to the port side”, said the official statement of Pacific Direct Line. “The Suva wharf and the safety of the Suva harbour evacuated all the crew from the list developing vessel due to safety reasons”, added the company.
The container ship Southern Phoenix is owned and operated by Cruz Holdings, but chartered by Pacific Direct Line to transport cargo to Tarawa, Kiribati. The vessel capsized at the port in Suva harbor in Fiji.
There is not scheduled timeframe for salvage works of the partially submerged ship. Local authorities and police patrol boats continue to monitor the situation at the King’s Wharf as investigations continued.
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