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Experts arrive in city to salvage M.V. Den Den

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The freighter capsized in the sea off Thaneerbavi coast on June 23



Hi-tech equipment: The machinery kept on the Thaneerbavi beach near Mangalore for salvaging the capsized Eritrean Freighter.

MANGALORE: Salvage experts, marine engineers, divers, oil pollution experts and marine engineering equipment have arrived here for salvaging the capsized Eritrean Freighter M.V. Den Den. The freighter capsized in the rough sea off Thaneerbavi coast near Mangalore on June 23.

The freighter showed no sign pollution despite carrying 140 tonnes of furnace oil and 1,500 litres of marine diesel. Deputy Conservator of the Port K.V. Vaswani said the primary concern of the port was to stop any possibility of oil pollution from the ship.

The Eritrean Shipping Company had appointed James McIntosh Company limited and J.B. Boda Company of Mumbai as their representatives of protection and indemnity club.

While a team of five professional divers, excavators and a salvage master from Holland is studying the site of capsize, marine engineers, who are engaged in a similar situation in Dwaraka off Gujarat coast, are expected to arrive here on Saturday.

The fuel in the tanks of the freighter will be extracted through the “hot tap” process.

Sources in Svitzer and Witjsmuller, salvers of the ship, said that the entire process should not take more than three days.

Once the fuel was out of the ship, the rest was only a mechanical process of raising the capsized vessel and towing it away or taking it to a ship breaking unit.

Sources in New Mangalore Port said equipment for emptying the tanks of the freighter had been stored at Thanneerbavi and a camp office would be opened there shortly.

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