Bangalore: A merchant vessel with an eight
member crew, including seven Indonesians and an Iranian, today
drifted close to Mangalore coast after running low on fuel,
top Coast Guard and district officials said.
"We spotted the vessel drifting very close to Tanneerabavi
beach early this morning. We were worried as this could have
resulted in grounding of the ship and spilling of oil, which
could have affected marine life", Coast Guard Commandant
(Mangalore) P S Jha told PTI.
Around 40 personnel, including Coast Guard and coastal
security police then swung into action and helped the vessel
`Andrian III`, en route from Indonesia to Iran, move into
deeper waters, he said.
The ship would be allowed to proceed if everything was
found in order, Jha said, adding it was unclear why it was so
low on fuel.
Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district V Ponnuraj
said the ship was monitored from Kochi by coastal authorities
for over 10 days as it had run out of fuel and rations.
Ship officials had been trying to get in touch with New
Mangalore Port Trust to seek permission for entry but had been
denied the same for want of necessary papers and appointment
of agents at that time, he said.
Since the vessel had not entered the port, there could
possibly be no legal action, he said.