Paradip, Nov 5 (LocalWire): A fishing trawler that was returning from the deep collided with a sunken vessel ‘Black Rose’ off Paradip coast in the wee hours today, injuring five fishermen on board the vessel.
The Baleswer-based fishing trawler ‘Jagat Janani’ lost its way in the sea due to heavy fog and collided with ‘Black Rose’ 10 nautical miles off Paradip.
Hearing their screams, other fishermen rushed to the spot and rescued Kali Charan Das, trawler driver, Suresh Das, Boyal Charan Das, Kanhu Dutta hailing from Chandibali of Bhadrak district and Santosh Gaud from Aska of Ganjam district sent them to Paradip Fishing harbour in another boat. They sustained minor injuries and were admitted in Atharbanki hospital for treatment.
IIC of Jatadhari Marine Police station Bharat Behera said, ‘Indian Cost Guard told police regarding the collision. The trawler sunk but the fishermen are safe’.
The Mongolian ship Black Rose registered with the UK-based P&I Club had sunk in Bay of Bengal in 2009.
It had no valid documents. Even the insurance papers deposited by the owner of the ship were found to be a fake.
The ship had 23 , 847 metric tonnes of iron ore cargo, 924 tonnes furnace oil, 50 tonnes diesel and 40 tonnes grease and 27 crew members.
Chief engineer Oleksandar Liyushckenko was killed while 26 other crew members were rescued by the Paradip Port Trust.
After ten years of this mishap, there has been no headway in the investigation. As the removal of the ship is costly, neither the PPT nor the government has yet taken any steps to remove it. Since it is completely submerged, it is not visible during fog.
Though different organizations and political party leaders have urged to dismantle the debris of Black Rose from sea as it hampers the movements of ships and due to pollution on sea nothing has been done on this regard.