KANNUR: The ship-breaking-building unit of the public sector enterprise Steel Industries Kerala Ltd (SILK) at Azhikkal in Kannur has got yet another vessel for breaking. The new vessel, a barge from Maldives, reached here on Monday after custom clearance, said SILK officials.
The barge, mv Secure Bag 104, which was used for domestic cargo transportation in Maldives, was made in 1972 in Japan, and it was given for breaking after it was decommissioned in March, said the officials. It is 42.05 metres long and 15 metres wide, and weighs 627 tonnes. It is expected that the breaking will be complete within three months. It was a Kozhikode-based businessman who took it for breaking and gave it to SILK for the same. The work will start in the next few days, as the custom clearance is over.
This is for the second time in the last four months that the ship breaking unit gets a vessel for breaking. Lakshadweep administration's iconic passenger ship MV Tipu Sultan had reached here in the first week of March for the same purpose and the work is still going on.
The SILK unit in Kannur is the only ship breaking unit in India where ships can be broken near the shore in all climates, said the officials.
Source: times of india. 3 July 2013http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-03/thiruvananthapuram/40350690_1_silk-vessel-mv-tipu-sultan