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2 April, 2016 00:00 00 AM
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Shela river vessel capsize

Salvage operation yet to begin after 2 weeks

UNB

Two weeks into the capsize of a coal-laden vessel in the Shela River at Harintana point of the Sundarbans in Mongla upazila, no visible step has been taken to salvage the sunken vessel, reports UNB. Meanwhile, coal leaching out from the sunken vessel has already contaminated the river water in the surrounding areas, posing threats to the biodiversity of the mangrove forest. Cargo vessel ‘MV Sea Horse-1’ with 1,235 tonnes of coal sank in the middle of the river in the afternoon on March 19.
Station officer of Dhansagar in Sundarbans East Zone Sultan Mahmud on Friday told UNB that the coal-laden vessel dipped 30 feet below the water surface and has gradually been silted up at the riverbed. The coal-tinted water has already spread over a large area that can be detrimental to the wildlife, particularly dolphins, he added. Md Ashraf Hossain, deputy director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said they have nothing to do with the sunken cargo as the responsibility to salvage it lies with the owner. Besides, BIWTA’s Khulna office does not have necessary equipment to salvage a vessel weighing above 250 tonnes, he added. Ashraf Hossain said the BIWTA has contacted the owner of the sunken vessel, and hoped that the latter will launch the salvage operation very soon.

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