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Friday, April 27, 2018

Coal ship sinks in Sundarbans

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A lighter ship carrying 775 metric tons of coal has sunk at Bagerhat's Mongla near the Sundarbans.Mongla Port Authority Harbour Master Mohammad Waliullah said the ship named MV Bilash sank in the Harbaria area around 3:00am on Sunday.

The incident occurred when the cargo stuck in a hidden char at no-5 anchor near Harbaria area around 60 nautical miles away from the Mongla Port. No casualties have been reported. The vessel ran aground on a sandbar nearly 60 nautical miles from the port at Harbaria-5, said Waliullah.

On April 13 the vessel MV Observator anchored at Haribaria - 6 carrying 24,500 metric tons of coal, said Md Lalon Howladar, manager (operations) at coal importing organization Sahara Enterprise. The lighter ship MV Bilash (carrying capacity of 1,000 metric tons) received 775 metric tons from the vessel and set off for Dhaka's Mirpur, reports bdnews24.com.

The lighter vessel then ran aground on a sand bar in the Harbaria area. The crew contacted the port for help, but by the time help arrived strong tides had overturned the vessel. The coal load was not released and there is no concern of an environmental disaster, claims Sahara Enterprise.

According to Harbour Master Walimullah the MV Shipsha was sent to the location to try and rescue the MV Bilash, but the tides overturned the hip around 3am and caused it to sink.Parts of the lighter ship are still visible and recovery operations are ongoing, he said.

Experts opined: "Any toxic gas, coal or oil is very dangerous for the wildlife of Sundarbans. Moreover, fishes and other species of the river are in danger due to the water pollution."Earlier, there were several incidents of  shipwreck near Sundarbans.

-AA News Desk

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