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Work on to remove fuel from vessel

Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: Operations are under way to remove fuel from a Panama-registered ship that ran aground recently at Kadiyapattinam near Colachel began on Sunday.

According to sources, carrying 25,550 metric tonnes of iron ore, ‘MV Mirach,' the Turkish ship was on its way to Karachi Port in Pakistan from Vishakapattinam on the east coast of India. While it was crossing around 5 nautical miles from Kadiyapattinam coast, it hit a rock known as ‘Oalai Parai' and ran aground owing to rough weather. As the cargo ship started sinking, a salvage team, including experts from Singapore , arrived here and has started removing fuel, from the tanks of the ship. A total of 250 tonnes of fuel is still in the partially submerged ship and ‘SMIT Nicobar'- a tug needed to pump the fuel from the ship arrived here from the United Arab Emirates. Even though the work started on Saturday, full fledged operations began on Sunday after some modern equipment from Holland was brought to Kadiyapattinam. The work was going on in full swing and would be over soon.

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