29 April 2011

Ship grounded on Goa shore for 12 years to be dismantled:

A huge oil tanker ship, which had ran aground on Goa beach almost 12 years ago, will finally be removed from the shore by next January, officials said.

The State tourism department has said that it will cost almost Rs85 crore to get the ship dismantled and carried away as scrap.

Goa has awarded the contract to 'break and carry away’ the ship to Mumbai-based Arihant Ship Breakers Company.

"The work on breaking the ship has already began as early as March 15. Almost 40 per cent of the top portion of the ship was dismantled and carried as scrap," State Tourism Director Swapnil Naik told PTI.

The rest would be cut in a phased manner and by January, next year, the ship will disappear from the shore.

Tourism department officials said the biggest challenge for the company is to cut the portion of the ship, which is underwater.

"Cutting the body underwater might take little time and they will require special divers for that," Naik said.

Somewhere in the year 2000, the ship had hit Sinquerim-Candolim shore due to rough weather. Several attempts to tow away the ship had failed, finally forcing the state government to allow its cutting. After spending almost 12 years on the shore, the ship has gone eight metres deep underwater in the sand.

It has also wreaked havoc on the beach resulting in severe erosion. Government has already declared the vessel as a state disaster.

Naik said the company has been given 180 days to remove the ship.

"But they will have to stop the work during monsoons due to choppy season and extreme weather conditions on the beach," he said.

The work will be halted on May 14 after monsoon sets in and will restart in September after the rains.

Source: DNA. Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011

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