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‘Amanat Shah’ salvaged

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Amanat Shah’ salvaged

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Amanat Shah, a Ro-Ro-type ferry that capsized in Padma River, was salvaged finally on Tuesday, two weeks after the accident.

Genuine Enterprise, a private company appointed by Bangladesh Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), salvaged the ferry from the Padma River.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Joint Director (Rescue) Fazlur Rahman said the ferry was rescued but it was yet to be taken to a safe place.

“The ferry was pulled out and we are cleaning the waste inside it. Now it needs to be taken to a safer place. It may take us two more days to hand over the ferry to BIWTC,” he also said.

The BIWTA official added, “The rescue team is working to drain out water from inside the ferry with the help of a pumping machine. They are also removing various goods, cleaning and closing holes developed in the ferry.”

Officials of Genuine Enterprise said that they rescued the ferry with help of five salvage vessels in nine days. Many parts of the ferry including the engine went out of order.   CEO of Genuine Enterprise Badiul Alam said, “We have found around big 30 holes in the deck of the ferry which were repaired with rubber and iron plate.” On 27, Amanat Shah Ferry capsized in Padma with 14 vehicles on board when it was about to anchor at 5 no ferry ghat at Paturia.