Odisha: Authorities Keeping Strict Watch As Stranded Cargo Ship's Container 'Tilts'

27 August 2019


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Puri: A container on the Malaysian cargo ship which ran aground on Chilika coast around two weeks back has slightly tilted towards one end of the vessel. This incident grabbed attention of the local authorities who are keeping a strict watch on the stranded vessel since two weeks.

The district administration will initiate procedures for removal of oil from the Malaysian ship Jin Hwa 32 from Wednesday. Everyday around 250 litres of oil will be removed from the ship. The vessel has around 30,000 litres of diesel, 1,000 litres of lubricant oil and 200 litres of hydraulic oil.

The owners of the ship have been contacted and informed to evacuate the vessel from Chilika at the earliest. Sources said, a team of engineers are working to repair the ill-fated vessel. Although there is no oil spill at the moment, there remains a risk of a spill in the event of any hull damage, which could impact marine life in Chilika, said sources.

The vessel ran aground on August 7 at Khirisahi within the lake, while traveling from Malaysia to Bangladesh.  It washed ashore after being damaged by high winds and rough seas.

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Balwant Singh, Puri Collector