Hyderabad: Government on Tuesday said there
was no threat either of pollution or damage to Bandra-Worli
Sealink due to the stranded merchant ship off Mumbai.
However, the Directorate General (Shipping) and Coast
Guard are monitoring the situation closely as the salvage team
is unable to board the ship because of bad weather, Union
Minister for Shipping GK Vasan said.
"There is no threat of pollution or threat to the
Sealink. It is an empty ship without any cargo or bunkers,"
the minister told reporters after attending the 13th Maritime
States Development Council Meeting here.
The 175m-long and a 10,000 DWT vessel cargo ship M V
Wisdom, which was being towed away by foreign merchant
vessel `Seabulk Plover` to Alang from Colombo for scrap,
drifted towards Mumbai coast on June 11 after the rope broke
due to bad weather.
The Minister said the Directorate General of Shipping
is closely monitoring the situation and has engaged M/s SMIT,
a salvage firm to assess the situation.
"Directorate General (Shipping) and Coast Guard are
monitoring the situation closely. The SMIT team is not able to
board the ship because of bad weather. Efforts are being made
to board the ship from helicopter and to explore the
possibility of refloating it," Vasan said.
According to media reports, MV Wisdom had drifted
dangerously close to the Bandra-Worli Sealink and there was a
threat of it hitting the pillars of the iconic structure.