Tugboats to take part in ship salvaging mission stranded at KSV
All preparations have been made to salvage a Hong Kong ship that was coming from Shanghai and beached at Karachi Seaview (KSV) after losing its anchors owing to rough sea last week as Karachi Port Trust would use tugboats to steer the ship back to the seawater, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.
Reportedly, the KPT tugboats along with another tug coming from the UAE would take part in the ship rescue operation. It is the sixth consecutive day that the MV Heng Tong 77 has been stuck at the KSV.
The shipowner has also called an expert from China for salvaging the ship. The rescue operation would be started after assessing the sea condition.
The KPT has already alerted a response team to tackle the oil leakage from the stranded ship. It is also mulling to rescue the ship by floating it. The salvage master would examine the ship.
A tugboat has reached Pakistan from the UAE. While two KPT tugboats would take part in the rescue mission. The fast tugboats of Navy are on the stand-by.
The Maritime Headquarters has activated its disaster response centre in case of any eventuality. The cargo ship is loaded with 118 tonnes of fuel.
The Maritime and KPT have put floatation boats all around the ship to stop the leakage of oil into the sea. Another 300 floatation boats are on the stand-by.
The KPT authorities said that they were trying to save the Karachi beach and environment.