Mangaluru: Cargo ship M V Princess Miral from which Syrians were rescued sinks


Daijiworld Media Network-Mangaluru (SS)

Mangaluru, Jun 23: The cargo ship M V Princess Miral from which 15 Syrians were rescued by Indian Coast Guards sank completely near Talapadi's Bhattapadi in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, June 23.

The 32-year-old foreign ship bound from Tianjen in China to Lebanon had started getting submerged near New Mangaluru due to the entry of water into the vessel two days ago.

A private Singapore-based agency is examining the modalities of fuel extraction from the sunken ship and what needs to be done with the vessel. A meeting was held in this regard between the district administration officials and the coast guard personnel along with the officials of the departments concerned.

The coast guard personnel have informed the DIG that care should be taken to avoid oil spillages from the ship and also extract the fuel from the vessel.The meeting also directed fisheries department personnel to instruct the fishermen not to conduct fishing in the surrounding areas of the wrecked vessel.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has also been directed to evaluate the quality of the sea water and avoid fuel leakages into the sea.


Earlier report

Mangaluru: Princess Miral ship on verge of sinking in Ullal, owner trying rescue

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jun 23: The Princess Miral cargo ship, which was stuck at the bottom in the sea at Ullal, is submerged by 70 percent. Considering the present high waves in the sea, there is every possibility that the ship will sink completely.

The ship was carrying steel coils from Malaysia to Lebanon. Due to a technical fault, a hole developed in the front part of the ship. Though the agents of the vessel tried to bring it to NMPT or Old Port for repair, the permission was not granted. Meanwhile, the ship touched the bottom and got stuck at Ucchila. The Coast Guards rescued 15 personnel on board the ship.

The possibilities of repairing the ship are being looked into. The coast guards handed over the 15 crew members of the ship to Panambur police station on Wednesday.

The ship agency owning Princess Miral is thinking of preventing the ship from sinking completely in the sea. The ship is owned by a man of Turkish origin and he is in talks with the representative of Marcan Shipping Agency of Mangaluru. The experts have to arrive from the Smith Salvage company of Mumbai to rescue the ship. It is thought that the owner of the ship may try to salvage the cargo of steel coils at least which is worth crores of rupees.

City police commissioner Shashikumar said that the Syrian nationals, crew of the ship, will be taken care of by the district administration. Later, they will be sent to the detention centre for foreigners in Bengaluru. After the consent of foreign ministry in Delhi, they will be repatriated to Syria.

Port officials, coast guards and coastal protection force police are on Ullal seashore keeping a watch on the ship.



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  • prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    Usually ships have to undergo extensive marine survey and certification before they are allowed into high waters... I wonder if the crew and company had followed protocols... However authorities had more than 3 days before it sank... It is surprising that they could not empty the fuel from the ship in that duration...

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    the land of monkeys will soon become tourist spot to watch sunken ships...lolzzz

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    Atleast the fuel should have been removed, sinking of ships isn't that bad for ecosystem. Instead new coral growth happens on the ship and fishes can hide inside the ship when its underwater

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  • CA Ned Dcunha, Mangalore/Chikmagalur

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    The irresponsible decision not to allow the ship to be be taken into NMPT resulted in this tragedy. Quick action would have saved the ship & possible pollution. National security may be one of the reason for not allowing repairs.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    Very Sorry to hear these Sad News which rarely happens in our Waters ! Really something must have happened where persons in charge were so desperately unable to manage to float this ship and rescure persons !!!

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  • Joshwa, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 23 2022

    Now it is 4 days why there is no action from the owner. May be the owner is so careless. Put them huge penalty.after sinking If pollution occurred we the coastal belt people suffer Marine growth also distroys because of oil leak

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    Yes, pollution which may happen because of this particular ship is a genuine concern.At the same time we the public of this land must be aware of the air and pollution caused by thermal plants and it's effects on our lives. These companies owned by powerful business people who have their palaces far away from this place so that their families live in unpolluted place. Also not to forget how we use plastic and the way plastic waste is managed ,not to forget we still do not have waste management system for demolished building debris and glass, electronic waste in 80% of our country.

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    I think the bullet train would solve pollution. The train will collect garbage from every house and recycle it. We have money to spend on garbage but no money to fund research for our prestigious universities and research centres

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Jun 23 2022

    Mangaluru Authorities should try to rescue this sinking ship ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Thu, Jun 23 2022

    I wonder 🤔............ 🤣🤣🤣

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