zoom The Netherlands-flagged chemical tanker Stella Lyra remains anchored in Mosjøen, Norway, after it suffered damage to its engine control room in a fire on December 20, according to Helgeland Police.The fire subsequently spread to the whole compartment forcing the vessel to drop anchor in order to prevent grounding, and shut down all its engines and diesel generators.Stella Lyra, built in 1989, was on its way from Mosjøen to Liepaja, Latvia, when the incident occurred some 2km from the departure wharf, leaving the 3,848 dwt vessel powerless.The authorities towed the vessel, owned and operated by the Dutch shipping company Tarbit Tankers BV, to the wharf where they commenced an investigation into the damage and the seaworthiness of the tanker.After necessary repairs are done, the ship is expected to resume its voyage to Latvia.At the time of the incident, Stella Lyra, crewed by twelve people, was not carrying any cargo.There were no reports of injuries and water pollution following the incident.According to local authorities, the fire was caused by a short circuit of the engineering equipment.World Maritime News Staff
Hyderabad: The Kaleswaram lift irrigation project in Telangana, touted as the worlds largest multi-stage lift irrigation scheme, would be inaugurated on Friday.It would be inaugurated in the presence of Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh ESL Narasimhan. State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had gone to Mumbai and Vijayawada last week to invite his Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh counterparts Devendra Fadnavis and Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy respectively for the inauguration. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaRao would perform a pooja at Medigadda barrage as part of the inaugural of the project on Friday. The project is expected to supply water to 70 per cent of districts in the state to meet agriculture, drinking water and the industrial needs. Meanwhile, the ruling TRS and opposition Congress are engaged in a war of words on the project with Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader M Bhatti Vikramarka alleging irregularities with regard to Kaleswaram project. He told reporters in Delhi on Thursday the project is being inaugurated in a hurry without even 15 per cent of it being completed. “If you (Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) say that everything is being done transparently, then place all information regarding that (project) comprehensively on website. Let people of the state and the country know, he said.