Removal of ‘Black Rose’ remains off Paradip coast in cold storage

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Paradip: Just six years ago, iron ore-loaded Mongolian flag ship Black Rose sank in the Bay of Bengal off the coast here killing a senior engineer.

All 26 crew members except the engineer were rescued from the ill-fated ship.

The upper portion of the haul of the ship, which was visible earlier with naked eye, have now reduced to 5%. Though the Jagatsinghpur collector was assigned to be receiver of the remaining portion of Black Rose, no effort was made to remove the sunken ship.

Meanwhile, allegations have been made that scrap mafia are stealing the ship’s haul after cutting it in portions.
Paradip Port Trust (PPT) authorities have been saying that the remaining haul would not create problems for passing of ships, trawlers and other floating crafts.

A case on the sunken ship is pending before the Kolkata High Court.

The Crime Branch of Odisha Police has found from an investigation that Black Rose had started its ship journey with forged documents. Another case has also been pending at Singapore court. The State investigating agency has sought help from the Interpol to nab the vessel’s owner.

Source said removal of the remains of the vessel would cost the State exchequer Rs 110 crore. However, the scrap out of the ship would be around Rs 3 crore.

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