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FIR in Connection with Dubious Vessel MV Wisdom

While ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA) suspects that the end-of-life vessel, a hazardous waste has entered Indian waters on fake documents in violation of the legal provisions within India and against Basel Convention, The Times of India, Mumbai has reported 14th June that an FIR was registered on 13th June against the captain and crew members of a foreign merchant vessel after an unmanned ship being towed away by it to Gujarat from Colombo drifted closer to the Mumbai coast as it broke free of its tug.

All 15 foreign nationals onboard 'MV Seabulk Plover' were booked under IPC Sections 280 (rash navigation of vessel) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others).

On 11th June, the foreign unmanned ship 'MV Wisdom', which was being towed away by 'Seabulk Plover' to Alang shipbreaking yard in Gujarat, lost its tow due to rough weather and drifted close to the Mumbai coast.

`MV Wisdom', which was to be dismantled, is now grounded off Juhu beach, barely 400 metres from the coastline.

TWA has been demanding probe into fake documents of vessels like MV Wisdom by CBI for quite a while. Corroborating the same, in a letter dated May 9, 2011 authored by an Union Environment Ministry official, there is reference to a Environment Ministry report that deals with fake documents.

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