20 November 2011

Tugboat continues to remain beached at Miramar:

PANAJI: A tug boat which had run aground at Miramar beach continues to lie in the same position for nearly a fortnight as efforts to salvage it proved difficult, sources said.The vessel was stranded on the beach on November 2.

Port administration department sources said the vessel may have navigated on the wrong side and got stuck in shallow depths.The tug boat belonging to a Mumbai-based firm is part of infrastructure, including barges and other vessels, being used for scrapping the grounded ship River Princess at Candolim.

The tug boat is used for barges moving up and down the river with scrap from Candolim to the scrapyard at Bainguinim. "The vessel owners have informed that they are trying to pull it out," said Capt James Braganza, Captain of Ports.

The draft for the movement of the vessel will be available only at the highest tide on November 21.Stating that grounding of vessels is common due to shallow depths, Braganza said, "Digging on the stern side will be done to float the tug." This will help create a gradient at the highest tide for vessel to be pulled into the water, he added.

Source: The Times of India. 17 November 2011

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