Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said the directorate general of shipping (DG shipping) has been entrusted with the responsibility of roping in marine engineering experts to carry out an operation to salvage the naphtha-laden tanker ship ‘Nu Shi Nalini’, which ran aground just 800 metre away from the Marivel shore near Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula.
A five-member committee led by the DG shipping has been constituted to oversee the salvage operation, Sawant said, adding that the state government from now on will only “monitor” the operation to salvage the vessel, which
has remained grounded since October 25.
The vessel is laden with nearly 3,000 metric tonne of naphtha, 50 tonne of heavy oil and 19 tonne of diesel.
“We have already informed the central government that at present the DG shipping has taken the responsibility of emptying the tanker of the naphtha. A five-member committee has been formed, which also comprises the Chief Secretary and the Mormugao Port Trust chairman,” Sawant said while interacting with media persons at Porvorim.
Two Singapore-based agencies have submitted their quotations, showing interest to carry out the operation. However, the DG shipping will finalise the agency and subsequently issue the work order.
The Chief Minister said that all safety measures will be put in place before undertaking the operation to unload the naphtha.
“The process is taking time, considering the risk factor. We have to see that private salvagers take care while transferring the naphtha from the grounded vessel to another ship,” he explained.
Ports Minister Michael Lobo said that ‘boom barriers’ are being put around the ship to prevent leakage of naphtha.
“To prevent any leakage of the naphtha from the ship, boom barriers are being put around the ship. The naphtha will be removed and taken out of the country. Professionals from Singapore are being engaged for the operation,” Lobo told media persons.
The ship is grounded close to the rocks, sources from the captain of ports said.
The salvage operation entails high-skilled professionals, Lobo said.