Indian authorities suspend operations to salvage ship stuck near Mumbai

08:27, June 20, 2011      

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Indian maritime authorities Sunday said that attempts to salvage cargo vessel MV Wisdom, stuck on Mumbai's Juhu beach for the past one week, have been suspended for a fortnight due to bad weather.

"The salvaging operations have been called off for today and we will have to wait for another fortnight before we can reattempt it, " India's Director General of Shipping S.B. Agnihotri told the media in Mumbai.

Salvage workers said that they have to wait for the next high tide, which will be in the next 15 days and till then the authorities will try and work out another plan to bring the ship to the Juhu shore.

The second attempt to tow away the 9,000 tone cargo ship MV Wisdom failed Saturday, even though the weather conditions were favorable. Despite the significant high tide, the ship did not respond well to the tugging.

MV Wisdom was being tugged to the Alang ship breaking yard in the western state of Gujarat from Colombo in Sri Lanka when the cable to its tow boat snapped on June 11 around 12 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast, causing the vessel to drift towards the Worli coast and finally it got stuck at Juhu shore.

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