Stranded Chinese ship re-floated by salvage experts

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Mangalore, Sept 13 (UNI) After a marathon four-day operation, the salvage experts today re-floated the stranded Chinese ship 'Cheng Le Men' that ran aground off Tannirbavi coast near here last week.

The 14-member experts team from Holland-based Svitzer Salvage International succeeded in pulling the ship to the deep waters, after unloading most of the 16,000 tones of iron ore fines and other heavy materials. The ship drifted dangerously towards the coast due to a technical snag and ran aground soon after leaving the New Mangalore Port.

Mohan Kudri, the Port Officer of Old Mangalore Port told UNI that the process of shifting the cargo in the ship's hold, which began on Tuesday, resulted in the list (tilt) coming down to 8 degree yesterday from 14 degree and became normal today after completion of unloading operation.

The stranded ship was pulled into the deep waters this morning and was now anchored at about 3.5 nautical miles away from the old port. It would be towed back to the port for repairs later, he said.

He said that two tugs from New Mangalore Port pressed into service in the pulling operation of the ship. The expert team would make a survey of the ship condition before bringing her back to New Mangalore Port in a few day's time, he said.

The Chinese ship with 16100 tones iron ore fines developed a steady list, seven nautical miles away from the New Mangalore Port due to fault loading of the cargo and ran aground 1400 mts off Tannirbavi Beach on Friday last.

The salvage experts' team, 28 crew members and 20 other labourers with the help of three excavators worked for four days in the shifting of cargo and brought back the ship on the even keel.

UNI

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