On October 17, the 29.7 meter long, 98 gt fishing vessel Long Jia Ming 6 caught fire while berthed at the Fiji Fish Jetty. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly spread through the superstructure. The crew attempted to extinguish the blaze, but their efforts were in vain. The crew were forced to abandoned ship and authorities had the Long Jia Ming 6 towed away from the jetty and beached away from other vessels.
The local fire brigade was able to extinguish the fire, but not after much of the superstructure and hull of the Long Jia Ming 6 was burned away. Reports state the fuel tanks of the Long Jia Ming 6 had leaked due to the fire and pollution was spotted around the wreck. No reports of injuries.
The 88 meter long, 4285 dwt cargo vessel Southern Phoenix capsized and sank in Suva Harbor, Fiji. The Southern Phoenix was berthed loading containers when it suffered water ingress. The crew attempted to stop the inflow, but the flooding could not be contained. The cargo vessel began to list to its port side as it continued to fill with water. Eventually the crew decided there was nothing they could do and evacuated the vessel. The mooring lines were cut loose and a tug pulled the Southern Phoenix away from the berth.
The Southern Phoenix capsized and sank just a short distance away from the pier. Multiple containers broke free and spilled into the water. Several floated and were secured with ropes. Authorities deployed booms around the partially sunken Southern Phoenix to contain any pollution released. No reports of injuries.
The 86 meter long, 3638 dwt ro-ro ferry Suilven sank at Suva, Fiji. The ferry enter the harbor at Suva from Fiji’s northern islands when it suffered uncontrolled water ingress. The Suilven developed a list to starboard and began to settle by the stern. The 27 crew on board requested assistance. Several nearby vessels came to the Suilven aid and safely rescued all the crew before the ferry sank an hour later. No reports of injuries. Reports state there were no passengers on board. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.