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CoP refuses nod to dock Lucky 7 in River Mandovi

11 Aug 2017 06:57am IST

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11 Aug 2017 06:57am IST

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Vessel to be taken to MPT for inspection; May be towed away today

PANJIM:  The Captain of Ports has refused permission to Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd to dock the grounded offshore casino vessel in River Mandovi.

Last week the firm had applied seeking permission to tow the vessel from where it has been stranded at Miramar beach to River Mandovi to be docked.

“We cannot allow the vessel to anchor in River Mandovi unless it is declared fit. It is still undergoing minor repairs and will undergo a series of inspections for major repairs, if any. It was due to this that CoP rejected the firm’s application to dock in the River Mandovi,” an official said. 

Until Thursday, the vessel which is now floating, underwent some repairs including welding of some parts. 

The vessel will have to be compulsorily towed to Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) for an underwater survey before sailing to Jaigad dry dockyard. The vessel is likely to be towed away on Friday afternoon. 

Only after the survey, will the vessel be allowed to be towed to Jaigad for carrying out major repairs. This was the reason, the official said, the company was denied permission to dock in River Mandovi at this stage.

“We expect to tow the vessel during the high tide on Friday afternoon. It will be taken to MPT for an underwater survey and carry out repairs of damages, if any. MPT has agreed to dock the vessel at its berth,” an official said.

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