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Agency to salvage Nalini to be finalised today: CM

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that the agency to carry out an operation to salvage the naphtha-laden tanker ‘MV Nu-Shi Nalini’ will be finalised on Tuesday.

“Two experts from the Directorate General of Shipping have come to Goa today. They have taken a review of the quotations that were submitted by two private agencies and by this evening they will shortlist one of the two agencies after which they will send the name of the selected agency for final approval to their superiors in Delhi. By tomorrow evening, the agency will be finalised,” said Sawant while interacting with media persons in Panaji. 

Earlier, on November 8, Sawant had said that a Singapore-based agency would be finalised by November 11.

The state government and the central authorities including the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) have failed to rope in marine engineering experts to salvage the tanker even after more than a fortnight.

The tanker ran aground some 800 metres away from the Marivel shore near the Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula on the intervening night of October 24 and 25.

Sawant said that a five-member committee appointed by the Directorate General of Shipping is monitoring the entire situation and added that the stranded tanker is safe.  

Meanwhile, the harbour coastal police station has written to the MPT, ports and customs authorities asking them to cancel the licence of Barbodos Maritime Agencies in connection with the naphtha-laden tanker running aground near Dona Paula.

The agency, in association with owner of the naphtha-laden tanker, allegedly facilitated the entry of the unmanned vessel into the MPT port waters and berthed it at berth number 8, said sources.

It may be noted that the harbour coastal police had registered an offence against the owner of the vessel. Police said that investigation is on and statements are being recorded in connection with the case.

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