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Tragedy averted in Mumbai harbour

Posted by on March 22, 2011 0 Comment

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) A tragedy was averted in Mumbai harbour last week when ill-fated container cargo ship MSC Chitra – which had partly sunk in August last year after a collision – again broke loose from its moorings but was soon recovered, a maritime authority said here Tuesday evening.

The MSC Chitra, bearing a Panama flag, had collided with MV Khalijia-III of St. Kitts and Nevis when it was sailing out of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Aug 7 last year.

According to the director-general of shipping (DGS) Tuesday, MSC Chitra, which had partly sunk and settled on a shallow patch in the main shipping navigation channel, was re-floated around two weeks ago by international salvers appointed by its owners.

On Saturday, on account of the strong full moon high tide, its anchor wires split.

The salvers managed to manoeuvre it safely out of the Mumbai Port without causing damage to any other vessels or blocking the busy navigation channel.

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