KARACHI: The operation to free the cargo vessel caught at Karachi’s Seaview seaside has been terminated, Geo News reported Wednesday.
The operation was suspended because of a delay within the arrival of a barge, mentioned the authorities involved, including that the operation will probably be resumed once more tomorrow.
A rescue operation to free the vessel had began on Tuesday 20 days after it first acquired caught on the seaside.
Shipping specialists’ opinion
According to transport specialists, the orders for assist ought to have come means earlier than the ship was taken into custody.
Only an deserted ship might be taken into custody like this, whereas a ship that hasn’t been given up by its proprietor or crew members can’t be taken into custody by the port authorities in Karachi, mentioned the specialists.
Moreover, the authorities would wish an order from the courtroom in case the ship must be taken into custody for a special motive, such because the clearance of dues.
Besides, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Maritime Affairs Mahmood Moulvi mentioned that the custody might be claimed underneath prison transport legal guidelines on the idea of a fault within the ship.
“There is a provision in the law for holding the ship back therefore we will not allow them to take the ship before the payment of money spent on the ship’s security and clearance of other dues,” mentioned Moulvi.
The vessel, Heng Tong 77, had been taken into custody by the federal government of Pakistan and an official notification was additionally issued on this regard.
According to the notification, the ship has been seized by the federal government underneath the Pakistan Merchant Ordinance.
Meanwhile, specialists have declared Heng Tong 77 not match for use for maritime functions, learn the notification.
Cargo ship caught at Seaview seaside
Panama registered MV Heng Tong 77 was anchored in Pakistan’s territorial waters off Karachi for a crew change on July 21 when it misplaced anchors because of tough seas and drifted in the direction of the shore, the Karachi Port Trust had mentioned.
The cargo ship remained stranded at Karachi’s Seaview seaside for 20 days.