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Goa will only monitor naphtha ship, says CM Pramod Sawant

Goa will only monitor naphtha ship, says CM Pramod Sawant

07 Nov 2019 No comment 45 hits

PANAJI: Nearly 15 days after the naphtha-laden ship, Nu-Shi Nalini, was grounded with 2,400 tonne of highly inflammable chemical, the state government finally stepped aside and let the directorate general of shipping to take over the operations to salvage it.
Chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Thursday the state will only monitor the salvage operations.
Sawant said a five-member committee has been formed by DG shipping to spearhead the salvage operations and chief secretary Parimal Rai is also on the committee.
Three DG shipping officials would lead the committee with Rai and Mormugao Port Trust chairman E Ramesh Kumar filling the remaining two posts, Sawant said.
“Till we finalise the (salvage) process, all members will have to work together in that regard,” said Sawant.
The chief minister continued to hold MPT responsible for the incident which has led to Nu-Shi Nalini coming to rest just 800m from Dona Paula with her deadly cargo. “We don’t know much but we want that ship and the naphtha out from there. At present, we hold MPT responsible because MPT brought the ship there. Therefore, MPT and DG shipping have to take care of it,” Sawant said.
Asked if any international salvage firm has been issued the work order to remove the contaminated naphtha and refloat the vessel, Sawant said the process was in the final stage. Sawant suggested that once the work order is issued, the firm may have to bring in equipment from abroad to remove the naphtha.
“We have not issued the work order to remove the naphtha to another ship. Till now it is not finalised,” said Sawant and then added that MPT would issue the work order to the salvor.
The biggest stumbling block, said Sawant, was the removal of naphtha from the stricken ship. “To take out the naphtha is the big problem. Till now the discussion has been on the various techniques to remove the naphtha. We haven’t been able to finalise this. A decision will be taken at the earliest,” Sawant said.
Responding to fears and allegations raised by Congress, the chief minister said that all precautions have been taken. “It is easier to make allegations. When a disaster comes, it does not inform and come. And neither have we brought this disaster here. The precautions that have to be taken, have been taken,” Sawant said.

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