KARACHI: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi has announced that five days after the ship capsized, rescue teams are heading to Beach Two Beaches in Karachi to rescue the stranded cargo ship Hang Tong 77.
Five days ago, a ship laden with containers came ashore due to high waves and was stranded on Karachi’s Sea View due to a weak engine.
After the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) refused to save the ship from so much water, due to its inability to do so, the ship will eventually be reused.
Ali Zaidi, who is currently in custody for COVID-19, shared on Twitter that a 200-meter flotation boom has been deployed on the starboard side of the plane. According to the federal minister, arrangements have also been made to prevent oil spill from the ship.
He said KPT Marine Pollution Control and port security personnel are deployed at the site 24 hours a day to prevent oil spills.
Zaidi revealed that the captain of the ship did not appeal for help and further commented that a committee has been formed to investigate the matter.
The federal minister said he was determined to find out who was responsible for the incident.
“This is Imran Khan’s government. I have been told from day one that we will not allow anyone to take advantage of our ports illegally,” the tweet read.
The tweet also shared a notification from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs to set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the incident.