A study conducted for the salvage of the grounded ship ‘MV Nu Shi Nalini’ has suggested that refloating of the ship is possible from the rocky reef, where the naphtha-laden vessel ran aground off the Marivel beach at Dona Paula.
The operation to refloat the vessel will begin this week. The salvage team is now drawing up a plan to refloat it during high water and tow it to a MPT berth.
Hence calculations for the towage requirements will be made.
The team is now working on two options for re-floatation – lightering the weight by transferring the cargo between vessels of different sizes or transfer the weight within the ship’s tanks to free up the vessel.
Officials in the state administration said the company has done assessment and is now preparing the salvage plan for refloating the vessel. Last week, experts of the Netherland-based firm examined as how to refloat the vessel carrying 2600 tonne of naphtha, among other marine fuels like 50 metric tonne of high-sulphur fuel oil, and 19 metric tonne of marine diesel oil.
According to the salvage experts, in most such cases, rapid refloating is desirable to remove the ship from a place of danger and tow it to a port so as to reduce stress on the hull and to decrease the risk of pollution.
The unmanned ‘MV Nu Shi Nalini’ was abandoned at the MPT by its owner in July this year. The vessel drifted after her anchor dragged due to the cyclone Kyarr, running aground off the Marivel beach at Dona Paula on October 24.