Major tragedy averted at Visakhapatnam port; for first time in VPT history, huge ship tilts to one side

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Published: September 7, 2017 6:09:30 PM

No reports of injuries have been reported and the Port Management authorities and survey teams are carrying out the restoration work and looking to balance the MV HAI DUONG 09 vessel.

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A Vietnam-based merchant vessel on Thursday tilted to one side at West Quay-5 berth of the Visakhapatnam Port. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the incident took place as the iron logs loaded in the vessel were allegedly not placed properly. No reports of injuries have been reported and the Port Management authorities and survey teams are carrying out the restoration work and looking to balance the MV HAI DUONG 09 vessel. Observing the threat, the 17 crew members on board the 11,000-tonne vessel jumped on to the dock. The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) chairperson MT Krishna Babu rushed to the spot to take a stock of the situation. “There were no injuries or casualties in the incident. Efforts were on to remove the cargo that was loaded to enable the ship to stabilise on its own,” he told reporters.

The report also stated that the cargo ship was berthed in the harbour for loading of the iron logs of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL). JM Baxi Company chartered the ship to export these logs. The vessel tilted at around 3 pm during the loading operation.

Around 1,200 MT was already loaded on the vessel and this is when it tilted with the balance of the weight shifted to one side. Speaking to HT, port sources said that operators should maintain the balance of the ship and load the cargo in a phased manner into the compartments.

They also said that a major incident was averted as the cargo was more on the side of the dock. If it had tilted towards the water side, the entire ship would have sunk. It is also being said that it is for the first time in the history of VPT that a ship tilted in harbour while loading cargo.

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