Stranded tugboat pulled out from Miramar beach

by Hans | November 26th, 2011

A tugboat ( Dhanlakshmi ) which was stranded on the Miramar beach since November 2 was finally pulled out and towed away in the wee hours of Wednesday.

“The vessel was floated (from the sand) at 2am,” captain of ports James Braganza said. The tugboat had run aground after apparently navigating on the wrong side of the Mandovi channel. It was lying several metres in the middle of the beach. The salvage operation was spread over several days, but all efforts to float it had failed.

“A crane was used to dig around the vessel and create a gradient to float it,” Braganza said. The salvage operation was assisted by the buoyancy of the highest tide. “It was expected on November 21, but didn’t rise to expected level,” Capt Braganza said.

A stretch of the beach near the vessel had been dug up on Saturday and Sunday in expectation of the rise of the high tide to a higher level than usual.

While the vessel was floated and towed to one of the shipyards in the state for repairs, the ports administration department has instituted an inquiry into the incident. “A show cause has been issued to the vessel owner to provide an explanation about the mishap,” he added.

Meanwhile, a source from Arihant ship breakers, which is removing the grounded vessel River Princess at Candolim, said the tug Dhanlakshmi does not belong to them nor has it been chartered by them to facilitiate the work. The scrap is transported from Candolim up Mandovi river to Bainguinim.

Bron: Times of India
 

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