Five days after a coal-laden cargo vessel capsized in the Pashur River in the Sundarbans under Bagerhat’s Mongla upazila, a salvage team started their work on Friday to pull it up.
The team began removing coal from sunken ship in the afternoon, said sources at the Department of Forest.
Ship owners engaged private vessel salvage company Hossain Salvage Enterprise to retrieve the vessel and a 40-member team of the company reached the spot Thursday afternoon.
The salvage team will remove the coal from the ship and drag it to the shore once the vessel gets lighter.
On April 14, MV-Bilash, carrying 775 tonnes of coal, capsized in the Pashur River. The incident occurred as the ship ran aground in a hidden shoal as it followed a wrong route.
With the latest one, at least eight commercial ships sank in the water routes running through the Sundarbans in the last five years.