Indian Bulk Carrier Refloated

Wednesday, April 25, 2001
An Indian-registered vessel that ran aground west of Melbourne in stormy weather last weekend was refloated on Wednesday, Australian maritime officials said. The 50,000 ton bulk carrier Devprayag had about 1,000 tons of fuel oil on board when it ran aground on a sandbar off Portland on Saturday. "The hull hasn't been breached, so there was no pollution," said a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. "It came off (the sandbar) very easily this morning." The authority said in a statement the vessel had been taken into port for a hull inspection. It was due to sail to Geelong to load grain later this week.

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