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Container ships collide near Nurpur

A container ship got stranded in Hooghly in South 24 Parganas district after colliding with another container vessel.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: November 24, 2010 6:21:49 am

A container ship got stranded in Hooghly in South 24 Parganas district on Tuesday morning after colliding with another container vessel. The 12 crew members are safe. Green Valley,a Bahama registered container ship,collided with a Gibraltar-registered vessel — Tiger Spring ¿ at the confluence of Hooghly and Rupnarayan rivers at Nurpur,close to Haldia and around 50 km south of Kolkata.

“The Tiger Spring was severely damaged and had begun to sink,but now the salvage work is over,” said LN Meena,Superintendent of Police,South 24 Parganas.

AK Bagchi,the director of the Marine Department of KoPT,said there was no oil spill from the vessels.

Mukul Roy,Minister of State for Shipping,who had rushed to the spot,said: “The river channel became narrow after its western bank became silted and ship movement was restricted to the eastern flank. The accident took place because of miscommunication between the pilots of the two ships.”

A five-member committee has been set up to probe the matter,he said. The case will also be looked into by the South 24 Parganas police.

“After unloading its containers at the Kolkata Dock System (KDS) of Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT),the Colombo-bound Tiger Spring was going back through Rangaphala channel. The Green Valley — coming from Singapore to KDS — hit it,” said Bagchi. The incident had no impact on ship movement to and from KDS as the collision occurred outside the shipping channel.

“The damage to the Green Valley is not extensive and it was brought to Diamond Harbour dock for repairs,” said KoPT chairman Madan Lal Meena. “Our employees will start repairs on Tiger Spring from Wednesday. The vessel is likely to be removed by Thursday.”

Though both vessels are owned by private companies,KoPT will provide technical support as the accident occurred within its jurisdiction.

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