After over 20 days and three failed attempts to refloat the scrapped cargo ship MV Wisdom that ran aground at Juhu Beach, maritime authorities on Saturday succeeded in refloating the ship.
Taking advantage of the high tide, salvage company SMIT International used two powerful tugs to pull the 9367-ton ship out of the ground.
The fire brigade, police and collectorate office were also pressed into service to give additional manpower and to control the mob.
The ship will be towed to Mumbai outer anchorage and would be eventually towed to Alang-Bhavnagar Gujarat for scrapping, said officials from the ministry of shipping.
MV Wisdom, owned by a Singapore company, was on its way from Colombo to the Alang shipyard when the ropes of the tugs snapped and it drifted to close to the Bandra Worli Sea link on June 11 then ran aground near Juhu beach the next day.
“After co-ordinated efforts by all the agencies the ship has been refloated and is on its way to the scrapyard. No environmental problems have been noticed,” said a senior official from the directorate general of shipping, who supervised the entire process.
The investigation into a case of dereliction of duty against the captain and crew members of MV Seabulk Plover, which was towing MV Wisdom, is underway and its report is expected in a fortnight.
“Appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the law,” said Tanaji Gadgem, deputy commissioner of police (Port Zone).
For 20 days, Wisdom had the status of a tourist destination. In a bid to watch a ship closely, three persons died due to drowning. Four people were saved by rescue operation after they went too close to the ship.