Even as the police booked the owners and managers of MT Pavit, it was revealed that the vessel owners have already claimed the insurance amount by reporting that the ship had sunk.
Unmanned MT Pavit had run aground on the northern end of Juhu beach on Sunday afternoon.
“In June end, it was believed that the ship had sunk, and the owners claimed the insurance amount. Hence, the owners did not come forward for salvage operations, but the insurance agents will have to carry out salvage operations. We have asked them to present a salvage plan and depending on that we will give clearance for the operations,” said a shipping official.
The owners of the product tanker are M/s Pavit Shipping Lines, Dubai and M/s Prime Tankers LLC, Dubai.
“We have booked the owners, captain and crew of MT Pavit under Section 336 of the Indian Penal Code for endangering life and personal safety,” said Bharat Olte, police inspector of the Yellow Gate police station. When asked if the police has been able to locate the captain and 13 crew members of the vessel, Mr Olte replied in negative and even said that the investigations are on. Moreover, the Indian Coast Guard and the Directorate-General of Shipping held a meeting on Monday.
Date: 02 Aug 2011 Source: The Asian Age