September 9, 2011 12:34:11 am
MT pavit,that floated onto Juhu beach on July 31,will be auctioned this month if the Dubai-based owners,Pavit Shipping and Prime Tankers LLC,fail to respond to a legal notice sent by port authorities. The cost of the salvage operations along with the port charges have now exceeded the value of the ship,making the auctioning a feasible option to recover the damages,said port sources.
The vessel,which slipped past multi-layered vigil of the waters and remained unnoticed until it had almost beached,was salvaged and shifted to Dighi Port by a salvage team from Great Offshore Ltd on August 15. The vessel was later shifted to Dabhol Port.
While the salvers hold the maritime and possessory lien till date,the Directorate General of Shipping has asked the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB),the nodal authority for ports,to go ahead with the process of recovering dues from the owners.
The first demand note was sent by the MMB to the owners on August 8,after the vessel came drifting to Juhu beach. The beach front,where the vessel stood stranded,was the sea front for Moragaon a fishing village and also a landing place for their fishing boats for use and repairs.
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The demand note was sent according to Section 10 of the Indian Ports Act,1908. The owners were told to take responsibility to remove MT Pavit and also pay the expenses for services rendered,including repairing the damaged shores,dues for vessel in port limit,compensation for obstruction caused for the unlawful use of said landing place and cost of the salvage operation.
The owners have not responded to the demand note,prompting the maritime authority to finally send the legal notice for auction. We will send the notice this week and have taken the legal view for the same. The period of deadline begins from the date we send the notice,failing which the vessel will be auctioned to recover the cost, said Shyamsunder Shinde,CEO,MMB.
If the owners fail to respond to
the legal notice,the DG Shipping will finally call for procedures for the final auction.
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