Tanker stranded off Goa coast is in 'serious' condition: Lobo

Panaji, Nov 22 (PTI) Goa Ports Minister Michael Loboon Friday claimed the situation of the naphtha-laden tankerthan ran aground off the Raj Bhavan coast in the state was'serious' as it was stuck amid rocks in the sea.

The unmanned tanker had drifted from Mormugao PortTrust on October 24 and got stranded 2.5 nautical miles offDona Paula village near here.

'The matter is serious and needs to be dealtaccordingly. The ship has got stuck in rocks inside the sea.

The salvager company will have to refloat the ship beforetugging it away into the sea,' he told reporters here.

He blamed Mormugao Port Trust for the ship driftingand said a probe by the district collectorate could beinstituted after salvage operations are complete.

'MPT could have refused to allow the ship to enter theport. How did they allow the ship without engine,' Lobo said.

'This is not the right time for an investigation. Thisis the time to salvage the ship. I will ask district collectorto probe it,' he added. PTI RPSBNM BNM