INDIA | Box ships collide near Nurpur

A container ship got stranded in Hooghly in South 24 Parganas district on Tuesday morning after colliding with another container vessel. The 12 crew members are safe. Green Valley, a Bahama registered container ship, collided with a Gibraltar-registered vessel — Tiger Spring — at the confluence of Hooghly and Rupnarayan rivers at Nurpur, close to Haldia and around 50 km south of Kolkata.

“The Tiger Spring was severely damaged and had begun to sink, but now the salvage work is over,” said LN Meena, Superintendent of Police, South 24 Parganas.

AK Bagchi, the director of the Marine Department of KoPT, said there was no oil spill from the vessels.

Mukul Roy, Minister of State for Shipping, who had rushed to the spot, said: “The river channel became narrow after its western bank became silted and ship movement was restricted to the eastern flank. The accident took place because of miscommunication between the pilots of the two ships.”




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