Two cargo ships collide in Hooghly River, sinking
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 19:22
  
Zeenews Bureau

Kolkata: Two foreign container vessels collided head-on in the Hooghly River in South 24 Parganas district Tuesday, leaving both the ships damaged.

The collision between the ships, 'Green valley' and 'Tiger Spring' occurred at about 11.30 am at the confluence of the Hooghly and Rupnarayan rivers near Nurpur under Ramnagar police station area, District police superintendent L N Meena said.

One of the vessels was registered in Bahamas.

The accident occurred when Tiger Spring, after unloading its containers at Kolkata Dock System (KDS) of Kolkata Port Trust was going back through Rangaphala channel collided with Green Valley, which was coming to the KDS.

"Tiger Spring was severely damaged and has started sinking," Arun Kumar Bagchi, director, marine department of the port trust.

As per reports, the crew of both the ships are yet to be evacuated. Coast Guard is spearheading the rescue operation.

Currently, there is high tide and the situation may turn for the worse once the low tide phase begins.

Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) chairman M L Meena has confirmed that there is neither any casualty nor any oil leak due to the collision.

One of the ships was sailing from Kolkata to Haldia and the other from Haldia to Kolkata, Meena said.

With agency inputs


First Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 19:22


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