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Cargo ship stuck off Karachi coast due to poor weather
Heng Tong vessel belonging to a Hong Kong company lost anchors and started drifting towards shallow waters, says KPT

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KARACHI:
An operation to rescue vessel of a private shipping company, which got stuck off Karachi coast on early Wednesday, has been stopped due to rough weather conditions.

The vessel, MV Heng Tong 77 belonging to a Hong Kong based shipping company, lost anchors and started drifting towards shallow waters near Karachi in the wee hours of Wednesday, said Karachi Port Trust (KPT) in a statement on its official Twitter handle.

Hang Tong got stuck due to high sea waves and faulty engine while it was returning after offloading shipments at the Karachi port.

“M.V. HENG TONG 77 was anchored in our territorial waters for a crew change. It never entered or sailed in the KPT Harbour. Due to extreme rough weather, the vessel lost anchors and started drifting towards shallow waters in the early hours of the morning,” said KPT in a tweet.


By the time the vessel informed KPT of her drifting, the KPT said it was already in shallow waters.

Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was also alerted by KPT immediately and KPT Navigation Channel has not been impacted, the port authority added.

Furthermore, KPT Marine Pollution staff is closely monitoring the situation.

“Salvaging of the vessel is the responsibility of the Ship-owner. All consequential marine and environmental damages will be on account of the owner. Operational and technical assistance is available to the ship owner,” said the KPT.


 

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managed to go to seaview and have a look, its pretty badly stuck and very near to the shore, fortunately seaview now days is closed and unless you live in the vicinity and know the inner way around you cannot reach to the shore line, this will stop people from being adventurous and trying to swim to the ship and drowning in the process
 

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi carried out an aerial visit of MV HENG TONG 77 grounding site at Karachi Clifton Beach. The visit was aimed at reviewing the defueling process of the ship.

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Chief of the Naval Staff monitored the activity from a helicopter and expressed satisfaction on the overall conduct of the operation.

Pakistan Navy rendered technical assistance through its men and material to overcome challenges and difficulties involved in the debunking process. With all out efforts of Pakistan Navy and other Maritime Stakeholders MV HENG TONG 77 has been successfully and safely defueled today.

Reviewing the urgency of situation the decision to defeul the ship was taken on 27 July in meeting of Maritime Disaster Response Committee to minimize the risks of marine pollution.

Keeping in view the weather, wind, tide and other factors, salvage operation for MV HENG TONG 77 is expected to be carried out by mid August.
 

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why would naval chief go there on a heli when he can simply drive there :P
 

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Carrying capacity 3600 tons DWT, Draught is 2.8 meters. Who calls it large? its doesn't even fit the "small" category by contemporary standard of container ships.
we Karachities are used to normally seeing fishermen in their small boats near and around seaview, by that comparison this is beyond huge :p also for a nake eye and layman this is a large ship :p
 

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Heng Tong 77 ship becomes stuck again after floating 400m at Karachi's Seaview
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KARACHI: The happiness of the re-flotation team trying to get the beached cargo ship Heng Tong 77 back to sea turned out to be short-lived on Tuesday as the ship, after successfully moving about 350 to 400 meters seaward, returned to get stuck again at a new part of the Seaview beach.

The re-flotation operation, said to be the responsibility of ship’s owners, was being planned for days.

The work was started on August 22 when the waves were particularly big and strong during high tide.


All the groundwork for the operation had been prepared and laid out successfully. The barge with crane and winch, which was placed on the beach near the ship for some days now, was pulled by the tugboat Harmony to be anchored in the sea at about 1,000m from the ship.

In addition, there were two more winches installed on the beach with towing rope and cables and chains to pull the ship out. All this work was carried out on Aug 22.

A day later, on Aug 23, when they tried to pull the ship out, they were only able to do so for about 150m. During this process the ship also started its engines though still stuck in the sand its propellers could not work fully. Work then was stopped, though after the ship had turned its bridge towards the sea.

It was resumed again on Tuesday. And at the peak of high tide, at around noon, the ship everyone had been so sure about not being able to get to the port and harbour after being stuck for over a month, surprised everyone by actually moving and picking up speed as it became buoyant to head out to high waters.

At first there was much rejoicing on the beach. The people were cheering and chanting slogans.

Altaf Ghanchi, owner of Ayan Ship Breakers, who has been hired by the shipowners to carry out the re-flotation operation, was so happy.

“We came here eight days after Eid. We were given a contract by a Dubai-based company to help Heng Tong out of here,” he said.

While he was talking, bad luck again befell Heng Tong.

The ship was found to be drifting back to the beach though it had turned about 180 degrees. It was almost out and away but the barge and the tug boats working at pulling it were not fast enough to get out of its way. They came in its way and caused it to break its momentum. As a result, the cables holding the ship broke and the high tides that had helped Heng Tong become buoyant again pushed it back to the beach.

Captain Asim Iqbal, the shipping agent involved in the operation, told Dawn later the ship for now was back at a new part of the beach.

“The incident has shown us that the ship can be pulled. We will not give up,” he concluded.

Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2021
 

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