Disposal of naphtha from Nu-Shi Nalini proving to be a challenge

NU-SHI NALINI, the chemical tanker which ran aground of Goa last year, has been refloated, but the 2,400 metric tonnes of naphtha on board continues to cause problems.

Netherland-based salvor Marine Masters was appointed to salvage Nu-Shi Nalini and the naphtha cargo in its storage tanks, It completed the task late in December 2019. The naphtha was emptied into large tanks on land. State Urban Development Minister Milind Naik said he had written to Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) chairman about his objection to this. “I had informed that the naphtha should be discharged from the ship and transshipped directly from the mid-stream without bringing the ship alongside a berth, to avoid exposure of the inflammable material on the shore. However, it has now been unloaded. We are keeping a close watch,” he said.

It now will have to be moved to its new owners, a Baroda-based firm which purchased the content during an e-auction held on November 29. However, the planned manner of transport remained unclear.

The Bombay High Court at Goa of judicature at Bombay admiralty and vice-admiralty jurisdiction and its commercial division had ordered that Nu-Shi Nalini be auctioned on January 3rd to pay Samson Maritime Ltd for expenses incurred to tow the vessel from Kerala to Goa for the operation to remove naphtha and salvaging the ship after it ran aground off Dona Paula”, said officials of the Directorate General of Shipping.

The ship had run aground on October 24th during Cyclone Kyarr.