Mumbai: Singapore-flagged MV Wisdom was
today successfully tugged away from Mumbai`s Juhu beach, where
it was stranded for the past 20 days.
"The ship has been refloated safely today at about
12.45 pm during the spring tide by SMIT International, a
Singapore-based salvage company, with the help of two powerful
tugs," the Directorate General of Shipping said in a
The vessel was now being taken to Mumbai outer
anchorage and eventually it would be towed to Alang in Gujarat
for scrapping, DGS said.
SMIT Lumba, the main salvor (tug-boat) was assisted by
India-flagged Greatship Ashmi, owned by Greatship India, in
tugging away the vessel.
On June 11, at about 1 am, the ship broke its towing
rope while being towed by motor tug Seabulk Plover (Flag St
Vincent and Grenadine) on her voyage from Colombo to Alang for
After parting of the towing wire approximately 10
miles west off Mumbai Port, the ship started drifting under
the influence of strong monsoon winds and eventually ran
aground on Juhu beach at about 8 pm.
On June 19, the operation to sail MV Wisdom from Juhu
beach was postponed for about a fortnight. The DGS statement
said that due to engine trouble in the lead tug, there were
constraints in taking up salvage efforts sooner.
The stranded ship had become a major attraction for
beach-goers and children in the area.