zoom The number of navigation incidents in port approaches and anchorages at Bangladeshi port of Chittagong area is on the rise, according to marine insurer Gard.Gard has been notified of several recent collisions and groundings in the Chittagong Port Authority’s (CPA) outer anchorage, which is very congested with vessels arriving at the anchorage for lighterage operations before entering the river. Additionally, entering the river can in itself be challenging due to strong currents especially during the monsoon season from June to November when the weather conditions can deteriorate with little or no advance warning.The insurer issued recommendations which would help prevent incidents in the area. These include asking clearance from other vessels when anchoring, paying attention to main engine readiness, as well as conducting lighterage operations when needed as a number of vessels calling Chittagong need to lighter before being able to enter the port due to draft restrictions.Gard informed that the recommendations, which were made on the back of a number of recent incidents in the area, can be applied at any port where similar circumstances are encountered.A recent report received from a ship’s master who witnessed one of the incidents describes congested waters in the outer anchorage area. This particular incident happened at “A” anchorage, which is the northernmost anchorage designated for vessels with a draft of over 10 metres.This incident involved a vessel with a draft of 11.5 metres anchored some 0.4 nautical miles away from another anchored vessel at the anchorage. As this area is known for its soft holding ground and strong currents, “more distance between vessels may be needed when anchoring.”Namely, the vessel started to drag anchor onto another ship nearby during the ebb tide and shortly thereafter made contact with the other vessel and its rudder became entangled with the other ship’s anchor chain. This was followed by a main engine failure. Both vessels then started to drag their anchors towards other vessels in the area.The second vessel, which had its anchor cable entangled, had to cut its anchor chain loose to be able to move away from the vessel originally dragging the anchor. The second ship sustained a significant hull breach flooding its no 5 cargo hold.
Kolkata: In connection with the LPG dealership scam case, BJP general secretary of Murshidabad Town Soumen Mondal has been arrested on Friday. He will be taken into police custody for interrogation to find out who are the other connected individuals with the irregularity.Earlier during September, 2018, a BJP leader from Kolkata, identified as Ranjeet Majumdar, was arrested for allegedly cheating people by assuring them of providing LPG dealership. According to sources, after interrogating Majumdar, several more names cropped up in connection with the case. Following the arrest of Majumdar, the police were checking the documents which were provided by the complainant and those that were seized during the investigation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a prolonged probe, the investigating officers came to know that apart from Majumdar, Mondal also received a lot of money by promising LPG dealerships in Murshidabad. It is also alleged that few of the state-level leaders also received a part of the sum as commission. Mainly, Mondal was allegedly engaged in collecting the money from Murshidabad district and send it to the BJP leaders who were conducting the scam. Significantly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the Martyrs’ Day meeting on July 21 slammed the BJP regarding the ‘Ujala’ project irregularity. The fraud came to light on August 3 last year, after Ashok Sarkar, former BJP leader from Salt Lake, filed a complaint with the Jorasanko police station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the complaint, Majumdar was aware of the advertisement which was yet to be published, seeking LPG dealership. He and some other BJP leaders collected money and committed to provide LPG dealership to several BJP and RSS workers. According to the complaint lodged, several correspondences were made between BJP leaders for recommending the names for the allocation of LPG dealership for the year 2017-18. Subsequently, BJP and RSS workers were lured into the trap with an intention to cheat. Sarkar also alleged that crores of rupees were collected from different people from all across the state after assuring them the LPG dealership. It was also alleged that the final list of 235 names was being sent to a senior RSS leader for approval which contains a 17 digit code of different oil companies. However, the BJP leadership considered the arrest as a conspiracy. But according to the police, several clues that have been found which have led to Mondal’s arrest.