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Negligence case against owner, crew of sunken ship

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 06, 2011
First Published: 02:19 IST(6/8/2011) | Last Updated: 02:20 IST(6/8/2011)

A day after a cargo ship sank off the Mumbai Coast, the Yellow Gate police on Friday registered a case of negligence and endangering life against the owner, captain and crewmembers of MV Rak Carrier.


“We have registered a case of negligence against the owner, captain and crewmembers of MV Rak Carrier. No arrests have been made in the case so far as we would be investigating the negligence on their part,” said an officer from Yellow Gate police station.

However, Coast Guard sources said they could the oil layers at the place where the vessel, which contained about 290 tonnes of fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel, sank. They described it as a very “negligible” amount claiming that it won’t create any ecological problems.

“Such oil layers are found whenever any ship sinks. It is very negligible. It will not create any major environmental problems,” a Coast Guard official said.

The cargo ship, which was on its way from Lubuk-Tutung in Indonesia to Dahej in Gujarat, sank around 25 nautical miles west of Mumbai harbour after it reported water ingress on Thursday morning. It was carrying a 30-member crew of Indonesian, Jordanian and Romanian nationalities, who were rescued by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard officials. 

The matter was also raised in the state assembly. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena members slammed the government for “neglecting” coastal security.

Legislators said the government had not learnt any lessons from the 26/11 terror attacks. MNS leader Nitin Sardesai said the incident posed danger to the marine life. “Ships like Wisdom and Pavit have drifted and landed at the seashore,” he added.

Deputy Speaker Vasant Purke asked the government to look into the matter.
 (With agency inputs)

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