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Watch: Mishap at Vizag Port in Andhra, Huge Ship Tilts Dangerously

The incident took place while iron billets were being loaded on the 11,000-tonne vessel.

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The crew on-board the ship immediately disembarked, following which survey teams rushed to the spot.
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A foreign ship tilted dangerously at the Visakhapatnam Port on Wednesday, leaving six persons injured.

The vessel has been identified as Vietnamese general cargo ship MV Hai Duong 09. The ship was berthed in the harbour on Wednesday evening.

The incident took place while iron billets were being loaded on the 11,000-tonne vessel, as the crane operator wrongly loaded the blooms on one side of the ship, which resulted in an imbalance.
The Deccan Chronicle reported

Quoting sources, TOI reported that improper functioning of the ballast tanks could also be one of the reasons for the mishap.

According to The Hindu, there were 26 workers in the cargo hold when the incident took place. The vessel started tilting immediately, and only settled after it touched the berth.

If the ship would have tilted the other way, it would probably sink into the water.

The vessel started tilting immediately, and only settled after it touched the berth.
The vessel started tilting immediately, and only settled after it touched the berth.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)
The vessel has been identified as Vietnamese general cargo ship MV Hai Duong 09. 
The vessel has been identified as Vietnamese general cargo ship MV Hai Duong 09. 
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)
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The crew on-board the ship immediately disembarked, following which survey teams rushed to the spot.

There was nothing to worry about, and added that they had taken efforts to unload the cargo on the ship, so that the vessel would stabilise on its own.
MT Krishnababu, Visakhapatnam Port Chairman (VPT) addressing media persons

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