Bandra floatel capsized: Sunken ship to be docked in 3 days
Puncture detected at the base of ship following an 18-hour inspectionUpdated: Jun 01, 2018 00:09 IST
After 18 hours of underwater inspection of Avior, that hosts floatel Arc Deck Bar, which capsized off Mahim bay last Friday, divers were able to locate the puncture at the base of the ship on Thursday afternoon. Singapore-based SMIT salvage, which the owners hired to salvage the ship, have finalised the technique they will use to bring back the sunken ship to the harbour.
Sanjay Sharma, chief port officer said, “Divers located the puncture on Thursday and have told the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) what their plan of action will be. The ship will be out of the harbour in the next three days.”
Kookie Singh, co-owner of the floatel, said, “There is a small dent, with a cut in the middle, of the ship at its base. Divers have put the pumps in place. They will now weld the surface over the cut and then pump out the water from the ship. It will them be tugged to the harbour.”
The divers have been inspecting the ship since Tuesday and were able to approach it on Wednesday. The task was delayed owing to choppy sea and strong currents.