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22 August 2019

Debashish Behera

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government is rigorously assessing modalities to evacuate the stranded ship from the State's coast at the earliest. Few days back, the Indian Coast Guard had issued a notice to the owner of this ship, a Malaysian company, for evacuating the ship.

On August 7, the ship got caught in a storm in the Bay of Bengal and drifted towards Odisha before landing near the mouth of Chilika lake at Rajhans, a thin stretch of sand separating the Chilika lagoon.

The Transport Department is holding discussions with the company concerned for evacuating the ship from Chilika coast. "So far as leakage of oil is concerned we have ensured that there is no such possibility," Minister Padmanabha Behera said.

"The discussions and modalities are in process to get the ship on sail the way to its destination," he added. The ship carrying iron ore and other minerals from Malaysia had unloaded its shipment in Bangladesh and was on its way to the Vishakhapatnam port.

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Padmanabha Behera, Minister, Commerce & Transport, Odisha