Sundarban Tragedy: Who owns the tanker?

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The tanker had no head light to move in a densely foggy night. Rather, it was a sand-carrying cargo.  The cargo was used as oil tanker to make profit overnight.

Not surprisingly the disaster is linked to the ‘carnage’ of ‘corruptions’ by ruling party elites.

Furnace oil floating on the Shela River in the largest Mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans. The carcass of dead marine animals are floating around.

Thousands of liters of oil spilled into the protected area, which is home to rare dolphins, and other marine animals. Environmentalists have warned of an ecological catastrophe, which could also affect the lives of local fishermen.

After the oil spill in Sundarbans, the accident angered common people of Bangladesh and  experts all over the world expressed their concern for the entire environment, the marine lives and the local people.

But who is to blame? Who owns the tanker?

Who owns the tanker only suited for sand carriage, violating environmental law, responsible for this biggest disaster on the Sundarbans?

The oil tanker, Southern Star – 7 was not fit for oil carrying.  Rather, it was a sand-carrying cargo.  The tanker had no head light to move in a densely foggy night. The cargo was used as oil tanker to make profit overnight.

Not surprising the disaster is linked to the ‘carnage’ of ‘corruptions’ by ruling party elites.

The cargo belongs to a relative of a senior Minister of ruling Awami League.  The name of the owner is Amir Hossain Farid. He claims himself as the brother-in-law of commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, a senior leader of ruling Awami League.  He did not have proper documents that would certify his cargo ship capable of transporting oil. He grabbed the work exercising power as the brother-in-law of Tofail.

Who is to blame? Who control the channel through Shela River?

Shela River where the accident took place was not used as a transit route before. After the Mongla-Ghashiakhali channel outside the Sundarbans has turned unsuitable for shipping three years back because of excessive siltation in the Kumarkhali River, the channel through Shela River inside Sundarbanshas been started to be used and kept open for inland water transit from India only.

The dredging on Mongla-Ghashiakhali channel was supposed to be ended and opened up the international route of shipping between India and Bangladesh again by December this year after a three-year pause. But only a 20% of the dredging has been completed because of huge corruption and mismanagement of the ruling Awami League in the tender process.

On the other hand, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan on Saturday said that there is no major effect from the oil spill on Sundarbans yet because of the ongoing dry season and setting up nets on the mouths of the canals.

Source: BDInn