Salvors ready to offload bunker fuel from stricken Shreyas boxship

A salvage team yesterday managed to install equipment to the severely damaged Shreyas boxship SSL Kolkata to siphon off fuel from the vessel.

The ship ran aground off the Sunderbans coast after catching fire on June 13.

The ship is wedged around 3 m into the muddy seabed, salvors said yesterday. It contains 200 tonnes of bunker fuel, which will be taken off the ship in the coming days.

Salvage operations have been hampered by the monsoon season to date.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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