Dhaka: Bangladesh has detained a
fertilizer-laden Indian ship after a court issued a warrant
ordering authorities not to allow its departure until a Rs 12-crore admiralty suit was settled, officials said.
"We have received the (High Court) order. But the ship
was detained beforehand for safety reasons as it developed
cracks over two months ago as it was anchored at the outer
anchorage of the port," an official of the Chittagong Port
Deputy port conservator Captain Nazrul Alam said
under the port conventions, no vessels with major technical
faults like cracks were allowed to leave the port until it
regained fitness for sea voyages.
The Indian flag career MV Ocean Pearl was faced
with the admiralty suit filed by the supplier of the cargo on
board claiming a compensation of over Taka 19 crore (Rs 12
crore) for alleged loss of some cargo while the court order
was issued on Thursday.
`MV Ocean Pearl` was detained after the arrest order
was issued by the High Court on Thursday, a senior customs
official was quoted as saying by `New Age` earlier.
"The ship cannot depart from Chittagong port until the
case is settled," he said.
Supplier of the cargo Desh Trading Corporation filed
the admiralty suit claiming the compensation for the lost
fertilizer as the ship developed the cracks while the
state-run Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation was
importing the crucial aquaculture inputs from China.
The ship was carrying 13,000 tonnes of fertilizer to
be unloaded at the northeastern Chittagong and northwestern
Mongla ports but the process was stalled as it was exposed to
the trouble after part of the consignments near Patenga outer
anchorage in Chittagong.
The Department of Environment in Chittagong on
Thursday served a show cause notice to Sigma Shipping Ltd, the
local agent of the ship Sigma Shipping, for spilling oil along
the coastline demanding an explanation by December 28 why it
would not face legal actions for the pollution.