Dutch firm to salvage naphtha-laden ship stuck off Goa coast

Panaji, Nov 18 (PTI) Almost a month after a naphtha-laden ship ran aground off the Goa coast, the order to salvagethe vessel and empty it would be given to a private firm onTuesday, Chief Minsiter Pramod Sawant said on Monday.

Sawant told reporters a Dutch-based marine engineeringfirm will be entrusted the work of salvaging the ship loadedwith naphtha.

'Mormugao Port Trust will issue an order to the firmto salvage the ship on Tuesday. The Director General ofShipping, which has been monitoring the process, has informedthe same to the state government, the chief minister said.

He said the Dutch company would be tasked withunloading naphtha from the tanker, which ran aground off theGoa coast in the last week of October, and also salvage it.

Sawant said action would be initiated against thoseresponsible for the running aground of the ship only after thevessel is salvaged and danger posed due to its presence isover.

The initial attempts to salvage the unmanned tanker,Nu Shi Nalini, had failed, prompting the state government toinvolve private players do salvage it.

Sawant has been drawing flak for failure to salvagethe ship, which poses threat to environment and marine lifealong the state's coast.

The Director General of Shipping has formed a five-member committee to overseeoff loading of naphtha from thevessel. PTI RPSRSY RSY