NKorean ship likely to be booked under Indian Maritime Act

NKorean ship likely to be booked under Indian Maritime Act

New Delhi: The seized North Korean ship is likely to be booked under the Indian Maritime Act for entering the Indian waters illegally, the official sources said on Sunday.

The sources said the Defence Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs, Union Home Ministry and Coast Guards were coordinating steps so that the ship ‘M V Mu San’ could be moved to Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh for further inspection. The ship is expected to take five days to cover the distance between Port Blair where the ship currently is anchored and Kakinada port.

The ship is carrying 3.3 lakh gunnybags of sugar weighing 16,500 kilograms.

A team of two nuclear scientists from Kalapakkam had carried out preliminary investigations of the ship and their report ruled out existence of any “CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear) traces" from the ship.

The security agencies however want a thorough investigation of the ship by bringing the vessel to Kakinada port to find out whether there was any CBRN consignment.

The exhaustive searches will again be conducted with the help of more sophisticated equipment after offloading entire consignment of sugar from the ship, sources said.