|Photographer:||nktoofan [View profile]||Title:||Tasman Spirit||Added:||Jan 09, 2006|
Tasman Spirit was grounded at the Entrence of Karachi Harbor on 17th July 2003. Vessel was scheduled to enter port during afternoon high tide, but miss the tide. Despite Captain reluctance Pilot insist that he can still berth the vessel at OP-1.
Since water was low and the ship have more draft, it grounded on the sand just outside the entrance. Pilot in attempt to save himself ask Port to try pull the vessel out of sand, on Pilot request 5 tugs from Karachi Port Authorities were deployed along with 2 Navy tugs to pull her out but since she was laden with 67,000 tons of oil, all the manage after two days of pulling is to break her into two.
Later on more vessels were deployed for the clean up job, but Clifton beach still brave 30,000 M/tons of oil and remain inexcessable for 2 months.
Later on the ship was towed by the Smit in 2 pieces to Gadani where she was dismantaled.
Anyone wants to know more, please contact me, actually we were the handling agent for that vessel at the time.