Cargo ships collide on Hooghly, crew safe
Two foreign cargo ships coming from the opposite direction collided in the Hooghly river near Diamond Harbour, about 35 km south of Kolkata, in South 24-Parganas district on Tuesday, police said.kolkata Updated: Nov 24, 2010 01:04 IST
A Colombo-bound cargo vessel collided with another container ship at 11.00 am on Tuesday on the Hooghly river in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district.
The Kolkata Port Trust authorities said although the Tiger Spring was sinking at Noorpur, about 60 km
downstream from Kolkata dock, its 12-member crew was safe.
Port officials said on condition of anonymity that the collision occurred as both the captains committed errors of judgement.
“There was no casualty reported so far. Since the navigational channel of the Kolkata dock system was not at all affected, vessel movement remained free,” said AK
Bagchi, director, marine department of the Kolkata Port Trust.
Bagchi also dubbed the news of oil spill from the Tiger Spring as a “rumour” and “was totally baseless”.
He said a team of port officials had rushed to the spot to tow the vessel.
“The Tiger Spring will undergo initial repairing during the next three days at Noorpur and then will be taken to the Kolkata dock for final repair,” port trust chairman Madan Lal Meena said.
According to sources, Tiger Spring, after unloading its containers at the Kolkata dock, was going back through the Rangaphala channel, while the Green Valley hit it in the middle at Noorpur.
A port trust official said, “The Tiger Spring was taken towards the eastern bank of the Hooghly, while the Green Valley was dragged to the western side of the river and was anchored there.”