The vessel has been identified as Vietnamese general cargo ship MV Hai Duong 09. The ship was berthed in the harbour on Wednesday evening.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that the incident took place while iron billets were being loaded on the 11,000-tonne vessel, as the crane operator wrongly loaded the blooms on to one side of the ship, which resulted in an imbalance.
Quoting sources, TOI reported that improper functioning of the ballast tanks could also be one of the reasons for the mishap.
According to The Hindu, there were 26 workers in the cargo hold when the incident took place. The vessel began tilting immediately, and only settled after it touched the berth.
If the ship would have tilted the other way, it may have sank into the water.
The crew on board the ship, immediately disembarked, following which survey teams rushed to the spot.
Addressing media persons, Visakhapatnam Port Chairman (VPT) Chairman MT Krishnababu said that there was nothing to worry about, and added that they had taken efforts to unload the cargo on the ship, so that the vessel would stabilise on its own.
Mishap at #Vizag #Port where ship that was to sail to #Hongkong tilted because error in loading; first such accident pic.twitter.com/KkxJP8hZCh
— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) September 7, 2017
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