“Stranded” Malaysian cargo ship evacuated by tugboat from Chilika

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Brahmagiri: The Malaysian cargo ship Jin Hwa 32, that ran aground in Odisha’s Chilika lake at Khirisahi on August 7, has been evacuated from the Odisha coast last night.

The Malaysian ship which was stranded on Chilika’s Rajhans over the past one and a half month was rescued at around 10 PM on Sunday.

A special tug boat from Singapore and a 15-member team from Malaysia launched an operation to tow the ship back into the sea. After several hours of the operation, the team succeeded to put the cargo vessel back into the sea.

However, the 15-member team that was engaged in the process was initially unable to move the ship even an inch as 50 to 60 per cent of the ship has been submerged under the influence of the high tide.

Notably, the Odisha government on August 28 began the process of pumping out the oil stored in the Malaysian cargo ship Jin Hwa 32 after it toppled on August 27.

The container of the cargo ship also raised threats of an oil spill into the sea.

Earlier, the Puri district administration had initiated talks with the vessel’s owner regarding the removal of oil from the ship since the Coast Guard had raised concern over possible spill of oil.

The Malaysian cargo ship, which was heading towards Visakhapatnam, had drifted towards the Odisha coast due to a storm in the Bay of Bengal.

The ship has been anchored near the Rajhans island close to the Chilika lake in the Krushnaprasad area in Puri district since then.

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