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DG Shipping entrusted with the charge of salvage operations of the ship that grounded near Goa coast

 Fifteen 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 Shipping

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.

Five-member 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,”

Two 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.

Boom 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.

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