Crane Barge stuck in the rescue operation of a freighter, refloated
KARACHI: The rescue operation from a stranded cargo ship at Karachi’s Seaview scored its first success after a crane barge that also ran aground on the beach was refloated, ARY News reported on Sunday.
A crane barge deployed for the rescue operation of the motor freighter (MV) Heng Tong 77, was also stranded on the beach at Seaview.
Rescuers pulled the stranded crane barge during strong tidal waves in the sea. The rescue operation to pull and refloat the stranded ship will resume over the next four days of high tidal wave, sources said. .
The first effort to rescue the ship will begin tomorrow morning. Dozens of previous efforts to pull the stranded ship onto the beach have so far failed.
The 98-meter-long, 20-meter-wide MV Heng Tong 77, with a capacity of 3,600 deadweight tons, is said to have waited for a crew change outside the port of Karachi as it sailed away. was traveling to Turkey from China when the tidal waves caused it to lose its anchors and start drifting towards shore.
Previously, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs declared the MV Heng Tong 77 out of seaworthy and decided to seize the vessel under the regulations of the Merchant Ordinance 2001. The captain of the freighter was officially informed of decision.
In his letter, the authorities concerned wrote to the captain of the freighter that the ship’s navigation and machinery system was not working. He added that the cargo ship unfit for navigation was dangerous for human life and property.