The Yellow Gate police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against the captain and crew members of MV Seabulk Plover, which was towing an unmanned merchant vessel, MV Wisdom, from Colombo to Alang in Gujarat.
It broke free from its tug and nearly collided with the Bandra-Worli sea-link. However, because of the high tide and strong wind currents, the ship ran aground at the Juhu beach on Sunday.
“We have registered a case of dereliction of duty against the captain and crew members of MV Seabulk Plover, which was towing MV Wisdom. We will make the arrests soon while investigations proceed simultaneously,” said Chandrakant Naik, senior police inspector of Yellow Gate police station.
The cords, which were being used to tow away MV Wisdom, broke when the vessels were 11 nautical miles off the west coast.
“The crew members or the captain did not alert the concerned authorities when the incident took place. If the ship had collided with the sea link, it would’ve been a disaster,” said an officer of Yellow Gate police station.
According to the police, an operation is underway to remove the 175-m long cargo ship from Juhu beach.
“The Coast Guard and other agencies are looking into the salvage operation,” said the officer.