Preparations complete to rescue the stranded cargo ship: Port Officials

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

11th Aug, 2021. 01:34 pm
Cargo Ship

KARACHI: According to sources, the port officials have completed preparations in order to rescue the stranded cargo ship on the city’s beach.

Yesterday, an attempt to recover the stranded cargo ship on the beach by the rescue team was proved to be failed.  According to port officials, another attempt will be made today when the waves in the sea would be high.

According to reports, heavy equipment is necessary for the rescue of the merchant ship MV Heng Tong 77 that has been on standby at the shore.

For the recovery operation of the cargo ship at sea, a tug boat and a floating crane have been prepared.

In 2 phases, the rescue operation will be finished. The vessel will be pulled away in the first phase in seawater up to 4 meters deep, and then to the Karachi harbor in the second phase.

The ship, which measures 98 metres in length and 20 metres in width and has a tonnage capacity of 3,600 tonnes, was claimed to be waiting for a crew change outside the Karachi harbour while on its way to Turkey from China when tidal surges forced it to lose its anchors and drift towards the coast.

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs had previously declared the MV Heng Tong 77 unseaworthy and planned to confiscate the vessel under the Merchant Ordinance 2001’s regulations. The cargo vessel’s captain was duly notified of the decision.

The concerned authorities wrote to the cargo ship’s captain, informing him that the vessel’s navigation and mechanical systems were not operating. It went on to say that the unseaworthy cargo ship posed a threat to human life and assets.

The Pakistan Navy, along with other marine players, successfully defueled the merchant ship that went aground at Seaview Beach in Karachi in July.


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