days after the Naptha laden tanker ship ran aground close to the Panjim Coast,
the state chief minister Mr Pramod Sawant has announced that the salvaging
operations have been entrusted to the Mumbai based Directorate General of
Mr Sawant said the Directorate General of Shipping
(DG shipping) has been entrusted with the responsibility of roping in marine
engineering experts to carry out an operation to salvage the
naphtha-laden tanker ship ‘Nu Shi Nalini’, which ran aground just 800 meters
away from the Marivel shore near Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula in the state capital.
committee led by the DG shipping to oversee the salvage operation
A five-member committee led by the DG shipping
has been constituted to oversee the salvage operation, Sawant said, adding that
the state government from now on will only “monitor” the operation to salvage
the vessel, which has remained grounded since October 25.
The vessel is laden with nearly 3,000 metric tons
of naphtha, 50 tons of heavy oil and 19 tons of diesel.
“We have already informed the central government
that at present the DG shipping has taken the responsibility of emptying the
tanker of the naphtha. A five-member committee has been formed, which also
comprises the Chief Secretary and the Mormugao Port Trust chairman,”
Singapore-based agencies shown interest
Two Singapore-based agencies have submitted their
quotations, showing interest to carry out the operation. However, the DG
shipping will finalize the agency and subsequently issue the work order.
The Chief Minister said that all safety measures
will be put in place before undertaking the operation to unload the
naphtha. “The process is taking time, considering the risk factor. We
have to see that private salvagers take care while transferring the naphtha
from the grounded vessel to another ship,” he explained.
barriers’ put around the ship to prevent leakage of naphtha
Ports Minister Michael Lobo said that ‘boom
barriers’ are being put around the ship to prevent leakage of naphtha. The
naphtha will be removed and taken out of the country. Professionals from
Singapore are being engaged for the operation,” Lobo told media persons. The
salvage operation entails high skilled professionals he said
The ship is grounded close to the rocks, sources
close to the captain of the ship said.