Vishakapatnam : A massive operation has been launched to retrieve the Bangladeshi merchant ship MV Maa that lost its anchorage support and ran aground off Vizag coast near Teeneti Park beach.

Mercantile Marine Department and Coast Guard examined the area to check if there was an oil spillage that would pollute the sea and affect the vessels movement.

The 1599 dwt vessel having a length of 72 meters and built in 2009, drifted towards the beach after the two anchors snapped due to high velocity winds caused by a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal.

The empty vessel with 15 member crew came from Chittagong Port, Bangladesh to take a load of fly ash and other material. It got stuck in the anchorage since September 22 waiting for the customs clearance.

“Around 41 tonnes of fuel needs to be removed first. Gill Marine company which has its branch in Visakhapatnam will do the task,’’ said S Satanarayana, director of MMD

He said after the fuel is removed, the insurers P&I Club and H&M would entrust the job of retrieval to some agency.

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