A major pumping operation of 2,400 metric tons of naphtha and other fuels from the transport vessel MV Nu-Shi Nalini, stranded off Goa, suffered a setback Wednesday when a generator set for this purpose had to be thrown into the sea because of bad weather.
The generator had been flown from Mumbai by the Navy and was to be installed aboard the vessel to power the hydraulic pumps to remove the naphtha, 50 tons of heavy oil and 19 tons of diesel. The 144 meter long chemical tanker was stranded about 800 meters from Dona Paula, a popular tourist spot near Panaji, the state capital, on October 24th.
Defense Commander Mehul Karnik, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), stated that the Navy's Sea King helicopter undertook the underlying cargo operation to position the generator on board the merchant ship.
"On final approach over the ship, the aircraft experienced increasing vertical oscillations. The crew attempted to control the aircraft, while keeping in mind its safety, the risk of damage to the ship's deck and the fire hazard due to the highly flammable naphtha on board. .. "Commander Karnik said.
Navy divers were deployed to help with the recovery of the generator.
The multi-agency operation has been underway since 24 October, when the strong waves caused by Cyclone Kyarr led to the grounding of MV Nu-Shi Nalini on a rocky shelf. It is anchored unmanned to the outer anchorage of Mormugao Port Trust and has not changed position since.
According to officials involved in the joint operation, no oil spill has yet been reported near the ship. The Coast Guard has put in place an oil spill response vessel in case of emergency.
Since an alert on rough seas was triggered when the incident occurred, the Goa government filed a RIP and the police are investigating possible criminal negligence.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant confirmed that the accident would delay the process of emptying tanks of the failed tanker by a few days. "We monitor and work around the clock to solve the problem. Tugs were parked and floating gates were installed, "said Dr. Sawant.