Chinese ship stranded at sea was safe: Expert

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Mangalore, Sept 12 (UNI) The work on salvaging the Chinese Merchant vessel St Vincent which stranded in the sea near Old Mangalore Port, was continuing with two more number of excavators added to speed-up the work of shifting Iron-ore fines inside the ship.

Mr Mohan Kudri, the port officer, Old Mangalore Port, informed today that two more excavators summoned from Mumbai were put into service to step-up the shifting of the 16,100 tonnes of iron ore fines in cargo holds on the starboards to port side along with the continuation of pumping out water that had seeped into the holds.

"With the shifting of the cargo the vessel which was at 13 degree could be brought to even position" he said.

Claiming that the ship was now in safe condition Mr Kudri informed UNI that the calm weather which is prevailing at the moment also helped to the salvaging team in their operation.

It may be recalled that the St. Vincent Island Chinese merchant vessel with 28 crew members on board and 16100 tonnes of iron ore fine developed technical snag after leaving New Mangalore Port last week at about 7 nautical miles away from the port and started listing.

The captain of the ship Yang Jing Mu who attempted to maneuver the vessel back to the port after realizing the danger beached her about 1400 meters away form Tannirbavi coast to avoid further listing.

UNI

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