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A cargo vessel got grounded near Bharuch in the Gulf of Khambhat Friday after the anchor cable of this vessel broke and it went adrift from Alang shipbreaking yard, located across the Gulf in Gujarat.
The officials of the Gujarat Maritime Board are now trying to tug the vessel weighing 7000 LDT (Light Displacement Tonnage) and its 10-member engine crew back to Alang from roughly about 15 nautical miles where it lies grounded. The incident happened Thursday evening when the cable chain connecting the ship with its anchor broke. “Once the anchor cable broke, the ship began to drift. An attempt was made, but the small tug boats at Alang could not prevent the ship from drifting away. The vessel drifted about 15 nautical miles before it got grounded near Bharuch. It is currently in a safe condition,” said a senior GMB official.