Panaji: The owner of the grounded tanker ship ‘Nu Shi Nalini’ has told the state authorities that he is bankrupt and will not able to pay immediately for the operation to be undertaken for removing naphtha and salvaging the ship, government sources said.
The naphtha-laden ship has remained grounded off the Marivel beach at Dona Paula since October 24.
The operation for removing naphtha and salvaging the unmanned ship is yet to begin, although the director general of shipping has finalised a Holland-based agency for the job.
Top sources in the government told this daily that the ship owner has agreed to foot the bill for the salvaging operation, but not so soon. The owner told the authorities that he will not be able to arrange the funds immediately as he is bankrupt. The state authorities have already seized the passport of the ship owner as well as the captain of the vessel so as to prevent them from leaving the country.
The sources clarified said that as for now the DG shipping has taken responsibility to fund the operation; expenses will be later recovered from the ship owner.
“If the owner fails to reimburse the funds then the ship will be sold by the DG shipping and recover the fund,” sources added.