Another cargo ship runs aground at Karachi’s Port Qasim
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Efforts were underway to move the ship named High Prosperity carrying hundreds of thousands of litres of diesel back into the deep water. The ship got stuck in the premises of Port Qasim at 7:30 am near the Bundle Islands.
Sources said that the ship ran aground when its engine developed a fault at its berthing.
A Port Qasim spokesperson said the authority has been trying to find the reasons behind the ship incident.
The Karachi Port Trust, after payment of the port charges and other expenses to the authorities, had issued port clearance certificate to the shipping agent. The vessel, stuck at Karachi’s Seaview beach was re-floated on September 07 after multiple failed efforts and later berthed at the port.
After the vessel ran aground at Seaview beach in Karachi in July the Pakistan Navy along with other maritime stakeholders had safely completed the de-fuelling process of the ship to avoid an environmental disaster.
On July 27, 2003, Tasman Spirit, an oil tanker, ran aground while navigating to the port of Karachi. It broke up and spilled around 30,000 metric tonnes of oil over the next few days, which is one of Pakistan’s worst environmental disasters.
Reporter Ayaz Rana