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« on: April 11, 2007, 02:44:04 pm »

A products tanker operated by Mercator Lines has grounded off India’s northeast coast.
Lightering is being considered as a means of freeing the 51,300-dwt medium-rang (MR) tanker Punita (built 1984) which is reported to still have around 22,000 tons of oil onboard.
The India-flagged vessel remains grounded on sand abut one mile outside the port of Paradeep where it had just unloaded 20,000 tons of its 42,000-ton cargo of diesel and kerosene.
A source at Mumbai-based Mercator was unable to comment by telephone on the incident.
It is not known what caused the vessel to ground though there are no reports of any pollution, damage to the vessel or injuries to crew members.
The ship had arrived at Paradeep from New Mangalore and was en route to Haldia to discharge the remainder of its cargo, reports say.
The single skin-hulled Punita is classed by DNV and has P&I cover with the North of England.
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