9 years on, sunken ‘Black Rose’ still a threat to environment, fishermen

Bhubaneswar: The wreckage of MV Black Rose that capsized off Odisha coast near Paradip is still lying unattended even after nine years of the mishap.

The sunken ship is yet to be dismantled and it appears that authorities ‘lack interest’ to remove the wreckage of the ship. As the salvage operation of the wreckage of the ship is still incomplete, it continues to pose serious danger to the environment and marine species.

“All the wreckage should be removed as it is creating water pollution,” said environmentalist, Bamadev Sahu.

Besides, the partially-submerged vessel is also posing threat to shipping operations as there are no proper lighting arrangements near the mishap site, alleged ship operators.

Presently, more than 85 percent of the sunken ship is submerged under water while 15 percent is still on the surface of the sea.

“Boats returning to the shore during night are facing problems and already two to four boats have met with accident at the spot in the past, said Kishore Ray of Odisha seafood association.

Though earlier a massive operation was undertaken to prevent oil spill by spending crores, no such concrete measures have been taken towards removal of the wreckage.

“Gradually it is sinking and after some time it would be hard to spot which would create more problems for approaching ships and boats here,” said Paradip Port Trust chairman, Rinkesh Ray.

Recently, a CBI inquiry was ordered following allegations that the vessel was engaged in illegal transportation of iron-ore and other minerals by forging documents. Besides, involvement of some high profile politicians from the State is also alleged.