Study raises hopes for refloating Nalini



A  study conducted for the salvage of the grounded ship  ‘MV Nu Shi Nalini’ has suggested  that refloating of the ship is possible from the rocky reef, where the naphtha-laden  vessel  ran  aground off the Marivel beach at Dona Paula.

The operation to refloat the vessel will begin this week.  The salvage team is now drawing up a  plan to refloat it during high water and tow it to a MPT berth.

Hence calculations for the towage requirements will be made.

The team is now working on two options for re-floatation –  lightering the weight by transferring the cargo between vessels of different sizes or transfer the weight within the ship’s tanks to free up the vessel.

Officials in the state administration said the company has done  assessment and is now preparing the salvage plan for refloating the vessel.  Last  week, experts of the Netherland-based firm   examined as how to refloat the  vessel carrying 2600 tonne of naphtha, among other marine fuels like 50 metric tonne of high-sulphur fuel oil, and 19 metric tonne of marine diesel oil.

According to the salvage experts, in most such cases, rapid refloating is desirable to remove the ship from a place of danger and tow it to a port so as to  reduce stress on the hull and to decrease the risk of pollution.

The unmanned ‘MV Nu Shi Nalini’ was abandoned at the MPT by its owner in July this year. The vessel drifted after her anchor dragged due to the cyclone Kyarr,  running  aground off  the Marivel beach at  Dona Paula on October 24.