tisdag 2 mars 2010

Picture # 44 - River Princess, Goa

This photo was taken on December 16, 2009. The ship is called River Princess and it was stranded on Candolim beach in 2000.

Tourism is one of the lifelines of the economy of the Indian state of Goa. This made the accident, in which a ship, the Merchant Vessel (MV) River Princess, a 240-meter (787 foot)-long ore carrier belonging to M/s Salgaocar Mining Industries Ltd, went aground off the Candolim-Sinquerim coast of North Goa in June, 2000, especially unfortunate. This coastal strip is one of the most frequented beaches in Goa.

This has also proved an environmental disaster, affecting the seabed, with shards of corroded steel being washed ashore, threatening bathers. The damage continues. Every passing day changes the topography of the beach. For the last seven years the hulk has been corroding, leaving rusted fragments, like shrapnel, on the shore. The amount of damage the abandoned River Princess has wreaked on the Candolim beach has long been apparent to the naked eye.

Read the full story about the River Princess.

Photo: Anders Thorsell