06 August 2017

Arihant to tow Lucky 7 back to MPT

PANJIM: Golden Globe Hotel Private Limited has signed an agreement with Arihant Ship Breakers to tow the grounded offshore casino vessel M V Lucky 7 back to Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

A senior government official told Herald that the casino firm, owned by Haryana’s former minister Gopal Kanda, entered into the agreement following instructions from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to tow the vessel back to MPT.

“Since the vessel has run aground off Miramar beach and is not in a position to sail back to MPT owing to various reasons include unfavourable weather and sea condition, an expert in this field is the only option. As such, the firm and the salvaging agency have entered into this agreement. Government has no role to play at this stage except for monitoring the situation,” he said.

The vessel has over a dozen crew members still on board while four – three suffering from sea sickness and one injured – were rescued on Sunday by the Indian Coast Guard.

Lucky 7 is moored off Miramar beach after at least three-four attempts to reach the designated spot off Campal failed.

Arihant had earlier being tasked with removing the ill-fated M V River Princess vessel from Sinquerim.

Source: herald goa. 19 July 2017

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