Mumbai: Four crew members of the Minerva Maritime of Athens, which was given the contract to tug MV Wisdom, now stranded at Juhu beach, are likely to be arrested on Thursday.
The Yellow Gate police said it has recorded the statements of all the crew members and found that the negligence was the fault of a few of them.
The police registered a case under sections 280 (rash navigation of vessel) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC against the crew members of the Minerva. Both are bailable offences. Fifteen crew members of Minerva have already been detained for negligence.
“The vesselcould have collided with the newly constructed Bandra-Worli sea link and damaged some pillars. This could have endangered the lives of some people,” said a police officer.
The police are planning to arrest Russian-born Ukrainian master of the Minerva, Shcepinsky Vadyam (65), Ukraine national Gubaty Sergiy (46) the chief officer on the ship, 46-year-old Georgiadis Loizos of Athens, a chief engineer and Abukari Pakis (46) a Ghanaian. “We found that it was the fault of these people that caused the mess-up,” said G M Tope, investigating officer.
Officials from the directorate general of shipping had visited Wisdom and inspected what type of rope was used. “They are yet to send us their report,” said a police officer.
The Times of India, June 30, 2011