Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that the Netherlands-based Marine Masters has been finalised as the agency to unload naphtha from the stranded tanker MV Nu-Shi Nalini, which has run aground near the Dona Paula coast.
Interacting with media persons after holding a meeting with officials of the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), Directorate General of Shipping and Chief Secretary Parimal Rai in Panaji, Sawant said that the work of removal of naphtha will begin soon after the particular agency is formally awarded the contract by DG Shipping.
“One of the agencies Smith backed out, so Holland’s Marine Masters has been finalised to carry out the operation. DG Shipping will obtain the final approval from their ministry. They will take the decision at their level and issue the work order,” Sawant said.
He claimed that the particular agency has the expertise and equipment to carry out the work and added that the agency also has prior experience of salvaging naphtha-laden ships.
Earlier in the afternoon, speaking to media, the Chief Minister said that the process of removing naphtha from the grounded ship is a complicated one and hence the operation has been delayed.
“We have to ensure safety and security while removing naphtha and salvaging the ship,” he said and added that the grounded ship is safe. Sawant said that it will take 10 to 15 days to complete the operation after issuing order to the selected agency.
As far as investigating the whole episode of the naphtha-laden ship is concerned, the Director
General of Shipping will take a decision, he said.
The unmanned vessel carrying nearly 3,000 metric tonne of naphtha, 50 tonne of heavy oil and 19 tonne of diesel ran aground just 800 metres away from the shore at the Marivel beach near the Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula on the intervening night of October 24 and October 25 after getting drifted towards the breakwater at the Mormugao Harbour from the Arabian Sea due to rough weather conditions.