A ship, docked for repairs, near Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) at Vasco has tilted precariously after continuous rainfall ingressed water into it. following which various agencies, including Indian Coast Guard and police, have begun attempts to save the vessel from capsizing.
“The ship MV QING owned by Sahara India company was berthed at Western India Shipyard since last two years as it was awaiting repairs and conversion into a floating hotel,” ship agent Sunil Prabhu told reporters on Wednesday.
“We were about to shift the ship to some other shipyard for repairs and conversion into a floating hotel after this monsoon,” he said.
“The vessel was used as a cruise before it was acquired by Sahara India,” he added.
MV QING has 350 tonnes of oil in it and a weak fuel tank. Port authorities are trying to pump out the fuel from it.
Coast Guard has diverted it’s pollution control vessel ICGS Samudra Prahari towards Goa to handle situation arising due to the issue in MV QING.
Coast Guard DIG Manoj Badkar said, “Today morning we were very worried because we suspected that the ship may roll over starboard side and may damage the other huge floating dock of WISL. We have been observing the situation and as there is no crew onboard we are little relaxed.”