Another ship mishap averted in M'lore

Another ship mishap averted in M'lore

It all happened around 11 am when a ship named ‘Thor Guardian’ registered in Panama and anchored off the Mangalore coast, started to drift towards the shore, following heavy winds. Sources said that though the captain of the ship tried to start the engine, he could not start the same as it has been anchored for over two months due to a Mumbai court order.

Local fishermen who saw the ship moving towards the shore, immediately informed the Port officials and Coast Guards.
Soon afterwards, steps were taken to bring the ship to safe anchorage. “But for the timely intervention of the officials, there would have been a major mishap, just like Den Den and MV Asian Forest,” informed a source.

Interestingly, when contacted, NMPT Deputy Conservator In-Charge Capt P Mohanty brushed aside the incident and said that it was only a rumour. However, NMPT Traffic Manager Gopalakrishna confirmed the incident and added that the Port officials themselves had to contact the ship agents as they did not receive any distress call from the ship.

The ship was carrying machinery when the court ordered the ship to anchor the same in Mangalore. Later, the cargo was shifted to another ship and this ship (Thor Guardian) has been anchored near Mangalore Port for the last two months.

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