KARACHI: After a profitable rescue operation, the cargo vessel caught at Karachi seashore has lastly began transferring after 48 days, Geo Information reported Tuesday.

Tug vessels have taken management of the cargo ship Cling Tong 77, which is transferring at a pace of three nautical miles.

Chatting with Geo Information, Commodore (retd) Obaidullah, an knowledgeable on maritime affairs, mentioned “The ship shall be taken to the harbour [by the tugs].”

“That is due to two causes; each of its anchors have damaged and the Pakistan authorities has taken the ship into its custody,” he mentioned.

“I do not need to use the phrase arrest. The ship has been detained, which suggests it will likely be delivered to the harbour the place the federal government’s surveyors will monitor it and even perform an underwater test of the ship,” he added.

He mentioned that the surveyors would additionally test the security navigation gear of the ship and its engines. “Until the proprietor doesn’t repair the problems identified by the authorities, the ship will stay right here,” he defined.

“This ship can go away for another vacation spot from the Karachi harbour solely after the problems recognized are fastened,” he mentioned.

Commodore (retd) Obaidullah mentioned that an oil spill was luckily prevented. He mentioned the Pakistan Navy and different establishments had ensured that the ship was cordoned off and preparations had been made to stop an oil spill.

He mentioned that the ship has travelled 5-6km into the ocean and was anticipated to reach quickly on the harbour. “All goes nicely,” he mentioned.

Obaidullah mentioned it took time for the stranded ship to be rescued as a result of there isn’t any devoted salvage firm in Pakistan, including that three makes an attempt to rescue the ship had been undertaken beforehand.

He mentioned that two tugs are accompanying Cling Tong 77, including that one is on standby whereas the opposite tug is towing the cargo ship.

The incident

The Cling Tong 77, manufactured in 2011, sank within the sand close to Seaview Karachi attributable to a damaged hanger on July 21.

In response to a Karachi Port Belief (KPT) spokesman, the ship got here ashore attributable to excessive waves and a weak engine.

The captain of the ship knowledgeable that one of many ship’s anchors broke on July 20. He requested an instantaneous berth of the ship because it was troublesome to deal with the ship with just one anchor, however the berth was not supplied to him.

The second anchor of the ship broke at 1:15 pm on the evening between July 20 and 21, the captain had said.

The captain then made an emergency name at 1:20 pm to Port Qasim and Manohra, nonetheless, the KPT-Management didn’t present assist, KPT officers knowledgeable the media.

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