Panaji, Nov4: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said that transfer of naptha from vessel 'Nu Shi Nalini' to another barge having tank would begin on Monday if weather permitted.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in the city, he said,'Transfer of Naptha has been delayed and you know the reason. Hydraulic pump which was brought (for the purpose) fell into water. Today trial was done as new pump has been brought. The vessel is safe and necessary precautions are being taken by authorities concerned. Today again I would hold a review meeting with MPT (Mormugao Port Trust) and tomorrow transfer of naptha into another barge having a tank will begin if weather permits. If there is problem with the vessel, then again it will be delayed.'
The unmanned vessel 'Nu Shi Nalini' had ran aground on October 26, 2019, on a rocky shelf near the city and remained there since then. On the instruction of MPT, the vessel was anchored five miles away from Goa coast on October 24, in view of weather forecast of stormy condition off the coastline.
Multiple agencies including Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Director General Shipping, Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), are involved in an operation to transfer naptha, nearly 50 tonnes of oil and 19 tonnes of diesel from the vessel to another one. (UNI)