Jun 27, 2008

Curse Strikes Again

A Shipping Corporation of India collier that has suffered two major incidents in Australian waters in seven years has been involved in a third and fatal accident.

A mooring line snapped when the 47,350 ton Devprayag, was arriving at Lyttelton's Cashin Quay to load coal, killing a Lyttelton Port Company worker. The nearby Lyttelton Container Terminal was shut down for around thirty six hours and the vessel has been detained pending official inquiries by Maritime NZ and the Department of Labour.

On 7 February this year, while berthed at Queensland’s Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, the Devprayag broke its moorings in monsoon conditions and struck a mooring dolphin. It sustained cracks, plate and frame damage and lost an anchor before it could be brought to anchor between DBCT and Hay Point Coal Terminal. The vessel was later repaired in Brisbane.

On 21 April, 2001 the Devprayag ran aground off Portland, Victoria in strong onshore winds during hold-cleaning after discharging a fertiliser cargo. She was refloated by three tugs four days later.

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