Operation ‘salvage Wisdom’ abandoned

MV Wisdom was being tugged to Gujarat when the cable to its tow boat snapped, causing the vessel to drift towards the Mumbai coast.

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: The operation to pull cargo ship MV Wisdom seawards from the Juhu beach was abandoned, Friday, after the tug boat entrusted with the job failed to dislodge the ship.

As per reports, the failure of the tug boat - with 70 tonne pull capacity - to haul away the 9,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage) MV Wisdom suggests that the ship is firmly stuck in the sand and extra pulling power would have to be pressed into service to achieve success.

The Directorate General of Shipping had planned to tow the ship out during when the high tide is at its peak. In order to make the ship sail, the water level should be above the draft of the ship - draft is the depth of water along the hull of a ship that is needed for a vessel to float.

MV Wisdom ran aground on June 11 when the cable to its tow boat vessel Seabulk Plover snapped, causing the vessel to drift towards the Mumbai coast. The Singapore flagged ship was being taken to Alang ship breaking yard in Gujarat from Colombo.

Initially, it was feared that it may hit the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, but it later veered towards the Juhu Chowpatty, where it ran aground.

As the vessel was being taken to be dismantled, it did not have any cargo or fuel and was unmanned; however concerns about the environmental impact of the ship on the marine ecosystem have been a cause of concern.

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