Ship grounded at Karachi beach freed after 48 days
Statesman Report
KARACHI: The cargo ship stuck off at Karachi beach has finally started floating after 48 days, Geo News reported Tuesday.
According to the TV channel, the operation to rescue stranded cargo ship Hang Tong 77 from the port city’s shore has been successful. Tug vessels have taken control of the ship, as per reports, which is moving at a speed of three nautical miles.
“The ship will be taken to the harbour [by the tugs],” said Commodore (retd) Obaidullah, an expert on maritime affairs, speaking to Geo News.
“This is because of two reasons; both of its anchors have broken and the Pakistan government has taken the ship into its custody,” he said. “I don’t want to use the word arrest. The ship has been detained, which means it will be brought to the harbour where the government’s surveyors will monitor it and even carry out an underwater check of the shop,” he added. He said that the surveyors would also check the safety navigation equipment of the ship and its engines.
“Till the owner does not fix the issues pointed out by the authorities, the ship will remain here,” he explained.
“This ship can leave for any other destination from the Karachi harbour only after the issues identified are fixed,” he said. Commodore (retd) Obaidullah said that an oil spill was fortunately avoided.
He said the Pakistan Navy and other institutions had ensured that the ship was cordoned off and arrangements were made to prevent an oil spill.