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Some machinery including a crane is stationed next to the grounded naphtha-laden ship Nu-Shi Nalini off the Marivel beach near Dona Paula.

Dutch firm exploring option of refloating Nalini

Panaji: A salvage crew from the Netherlands-based professional salvager Marine Masters BV is exploring the possibility of refloating and towing the ill-fated naphtha-laden vessel Nu-Shi Nalini and has started carrying out diving and bathymetric surveys to measure the depth of water as well as map the rocky reef surface to make the attempt a success. 

However, the result on whether the vessel can be successfully refloated and towed or the salvager will have to first empty the chemical on board the vessel and then tow it to Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) berth as planned earlier will be known in two or three days.

The salvage operation of the Nu-Shi Nalini cargo vessel began this week with salvage workers attempting to study the possibility of refloating it from the rocky reef off the Marivel beach.

The unmanned vessel was abandoned by its owner in July at the MPT and the vessel drifted after her anchor dragged due to the Cyclone Kyarr. The vessel ran aground at the mouth of the Marivel beach near Dona Paula on October 24.

District Collector, North, said that the company has been continuously monitoring the ship’s condition and has confirmed no breach of hull or cargo containment.

“The team has arrived with all the equipment required for the salvage operation and presently reef bathymetric survey is underway. The final result would tell about the possibility. It is hoped the vessel can be refloated and towed to MPT berth to unload the naphtha and other marine oils. This step is considered to be the best option and the team is working in the same direction,” said District Collector R Menaka.

The salvaging of the ship is being overseen by a committee constituted by the Ministry of Shipping comprising of the Goa Chief Secretary, Additional Secretary, Shipping, DG Shipping and chairman of MPT.

Meanwhile, sources said that the work of mobilizing machinery by the salvaging company started a few days back. “Whatever machinery is required for the purpose to salvage the vessel has been brought at the site where the ill-fated vessel has run aground,” said the sources.

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