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South Korean tanker drops anchor off Kollam coast

ANCHORED FOR REPAIRS: The Korean oil tanker MT Mirae Sun which anchored off the Kollam coast on Wednesday following engine trouble.

ANCHORED FOR REPAIRS: The Korean oil tanker MT Mirae Sun which anchored off the Kollam coast on Wednesday following engine trouble.  

A South Korean oil tanker, MT Mirae Sun, which suddenly anchored 2.5 km off the Kollam beach on Wednesday afternoon became an attraction. Though Kollam was a port city of yore, ships have never anchored here since years. With a cargo port getting ready here inside the Tangassery breakwater project, many thought that the ship had come calling at the Kollam Port.

But the tanker dropped anchor because of an engine trouble. That was what the crew members told presspersons who sailed to the site in a traditional fishing craft. They said the ship had left Indonesia on July 12 en route to Mangalore. From Mangalore the ship is scheduled to proceed to Saudi Arabia, from there again to Mangalore, then to Chennai and back to South Korea. The crew said that they had come close to the shore and anchored for repairs since they wanted to stay away from the shipping channel. The engine trouble was not a major one. They themselves can handle it and after repairs, the ship will resume its voyage. They expect to resume the voyage by sundown. When reporters asked for the skipper they said he was fast asleep in his cabin. They gave his name as Che O Yo.

Ignatius Pereira

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