Ops begin to refloat Nalini

NT NETWORK

Panaji/Vasco

The salvage team from Holland has launched its operations
to refloat the grounded ship ‘MV Nu Shi Nalini’. The team is pulling out all
the stops to pull the vessel during high water and take it to a MPT berth.

Officials in the state administration said the
Holland-based company has prepared
a salvage plan for refloating the
vessel, which carries 2600 metric tonne
of naphtha, 50 metric tonne of high-sulphur fuel oil, and 19 metric tonne of
marine diesel oil.

The ship has remained grounded for the past 45 days over
the rocky reef about 800 metre away from the Marivel beach, Dona Paula.

The operation will see engineers attempting to hook the ship by dropping an iron cable
connected to a tug ship to refloat the vessel. But before that sand and water
will be pumped out.

The officials told this daily that “everything is going
according to the plan. There is no problem whatsoever”.

The plan to refloat vessel was decided after the
Netherland-based salvage experts for a week carried out a thorough survey to
ascertain the possibility of refloating as the best solution so as to reduce
stress on the hull and to decrease the risk of pollution.

The director general of shipping and the Mormugao Port
Trust are keeping a close watch on the salvage operation, and have taken
all safety measures.

“Refloating the vessel is a very complicated job,

as things
change every moment. The vessel
has become a risk to the human and marine life. Hence experts working onboard the vessel have taken
up all the precautionary measures. All safety measures have been adopted,” sources
said.

The experts onboard the vessel will take decisions from time to time, considering the
safety aspect.

“Although the salvage operation has been undertaken by
the team, right now we cannot say as when the work will get over…,” the sources
maintained.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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