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Naval chief conducts aerial review of ship defueling at Clifton beach

July 30, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi conducted an aerial review of the MV HENG TONG 77 ship grounding site at Karachi Clifton beach.

The visit was aimed at reviewing the defueling process of the ship. The Naval chief monitored the activity from a helicopter and expressed satisfaction on the overall conduct of the operation.

The Pakistan Navy rendered technical assistance through its men and material to overcome challenges and difficulties involved in the debunking process. With all-out efforts of Pakistan Navy and other Maritime stakeholders, MV HENG TONG 77 was successfully and safely defueled on Thursday.

Reviewing the urgency of the situation, a decision to defeul the ship was taken on July 27 in a meeting of the Maritime Disaster Response Committee to minimise the risks of marine pollution. Keeping in view the weather, wind, tide and other factors, salvage operation for MV HENG TONG 77 was expected to be carried out by mid August.