Mangaluru: MV Princess Miral is 70 per cent inundated in water triggering fear of the vessel sinking into the water.
The Syrian cargo ship, MV Princess Miral stranded off Ullal Coast in Mangaluru, is 70 per cent submerged and has raised fears of it completely getting submerged in the sea. The ship carrying steel coils from Malaysia to Lebanon was in danger due to a technical snag and hole in the front of the ship. The ship’s agents tried to bring the ship to anchor at New Mangalore Port as well as Old Port for repairs but they did not get permission. Meanwhile, the ship grounded near Uchila and the lives of 15 Syrian sailors on board were in danger and were rescued by the Coast Guard team on Tuesday June 21.
The possibility of repairing the endangered MV Princess Miral cargo ship is being examined. Meanwhile, 15 Syrian nationals including an officer and staff rescued by the Coast Guards were produced before the Panambur Police Station by immigration department officials on Wednesday June 22.
The ship’s agency is considering clearing the MV Princess Miral cargo, which is currently facing the threat of drowning in the sea. The ship’s owner is of Turkish origin and its representative in Mangaluru, Markan Shipping Agency, has held talks with the port authorities in Mangaluru.
Experts from Mumbai’s Smith Salvage Company are expected to arrive in Mangalore and will inspect the ship as there are 8,000 tonnes of steel worth crores of rupees on the ship. Hence it is speculated that the owners may come forward to clear it or at least salvage the same.
Further, 15 Syrian nationals, who were rescued by the Coast Guards were produced before the Panambur Police Station by immigration Department officials under the custody of the Coast Guards and later handed over to the District Administration. They will be sent to a temporary shelter home for foreign nationals in Bengaluru and will be sent to Syria after the consent of the Foreign Department in Delhi, Police Commissioner N. Shahi Kumar said.
Port authorities, coast guard and Coast Guard Police are camping at Ullala beach and are keeping an eye on the ship which is under threat of drowning.