Shipping resumes from Haldia jetty after accident

June 3rd, 2008 - 12:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 3 (IANS) The main jetty at West Bengal’s Haldia port - the fifth largest in India - which had been damaged as a ship collided into it last Friday, has been repaired to the extent that operations have resumed, officials said here. The Directorate General of Shipping in Mumbai has ordered a probe into the accident and the ship, Jagat Pragati, has been held up at Sagar Island on the mouth of the Ganges while port officials consider the damages it will have to pay. The probe is being carried out by the principal officer, Mercantile Marine Department, Kolkata.

The officials said running repairs had been carried out to Jetty No. 2 at Haldia, the main jetty for offloading petroleum products, and it had resumed operations Monday, though the repair work was still going on. There is usually a queue of ships outside the jetty waiting to offload oil.

Rajeev Dubey, deputy chairman of the Haldia Port Trust, told IANS: “Jetty No.2 was hit by the ship Jagat Pragati Friday. Although repairs are still going on, it is in workable condition and shipping activities restarted Monday.”

The ship arrived at the port, about 90 km from here, Thursday. It offloaded a freight of 15,000 tonnes of furnace oil for Hindustan Petroleum. It was sailing out when it hit the walkway of the jetty.

The ship, owned by Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping Company, was not damaged. It was scheduled to sail to Visakhapatnam next.

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