The trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Hansita – washed up near Mundakkal beach in Kollam after it lost moorings in June 2016 – is now being scrapped by a Kannur-based private firm under a contract tendered by the Metal Scrap Trading Corporation (MSTC), a Central government enterprise.
The MSTC awarded the contract following a no-objection from the Kollam Port authorities, reports The Hindu.
After being washed near the beach, it created panic in the area when sea erosion activity got triggered. Some families living close to the area were shifted to safer locations.
Local residents said that the decision to scrap the ship had brought relief but it should also be ensured that all scrapped materials were removed from the area, The Hindu informs.