The vessel's fore part has broken free from tow amid adverse weather conditions, the after part having sunk earlier.
The (slightly amended) owner's statement No. 17 is as follows:
- The fore part is located near 17'02"N 67'57"E. The weather in the area is still adverse.
The condition of the fore part is stable with majority of cargo aboard.
- Salvage: of the cargo and hulls:
We have contracted with a salvage company to save the cargo and hulls. The tow wire was disconnected from the fore part which was being towed in a west-northwest direction. We are working on the recovery with 3 tugboats and will resume the towing in a west-northwest direction once the work is completed.
- Oil leakage:
We confirmed through the monitoring that no oil film around the fore part is present.
We had been monitoring the area where the aft part sank on June 27, but confirmed neither oil leakage nor floating containers visible. We have reported the same to Indian authorities and have completed the monitoring operations.