Basra Star: Unveiling a Unique Tourist Destination at Mirya Beach, Ratnagiri

Years after being swept away during Cyclone Nisarg, the tanker M.T. 'Basra Star' now rests near Mirya Beach, Ratnagiri.

Unveiling the Basra Star:

The 1986-built, M T Basra had arrived from the UAE to Jaigad in Ratnagiri for cargo discharge and was on its return journey on May 29, 2020. However, due to Cyclone Nisarg warning, it was permitted to stay at the inner anchorage of Ratnagiri on June 3, 2020. The fierce cyclone hit the western coast, leading to massive sea storms and sea surge drifted the vessel with her anchor to Bhati Mirya Head Bay, about 1.5 kms from Ratnagiri. Despite its tumultuous journey, the Basra Star vessel now rests near the picturesque shores of Mirya Beach in Ratnagiri, serving as a tangible reminder of maritime history. What once operated as a commercial vessel, fatefully caught in the clutches of Cyclone Nisarg, has transformed into an unexpected tourist attraction.

A Journey Through History:

Due to drifting during Cyclone Nisarg, the Basra Star, once a tanker, suffered extensive damage to its hull and inner bottom, rendering it incapable of navigation or towing to a ship-breaking yard. The vessel's lack of buoyancy prevents it from floating, and significant flooding in compartments such as the engine room, pump room, and steering compartment necessitates its dismantling on an 'as is where is basis,' as explained by the company representative to the EAC. Despite these challenges, the Basra Star continues to captivate locals and tourists alike, its imposing presence against the tranquil coastline near Mirya Beach attracting visitors from far and wide.

A Unique Tourist Experience:

As visitors are transported back in time, imagining the vessel's voyages across tumultuous seas. The ship's exterior bears the marks of its maritime journey, serving as a tangible reminder of the challenges faced by seafarers. Exploring its nooks and crannies, one can't help but marvel at the resilience of this once-mighty vessel. For adventure seekers and history enthusiasts, the Basra Star offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in maritime lore. Visitors can also capture breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline from the vantage point of the ship's deck, making for unforgettable photo opportunities.

Future of Basra Star:

The company's proposed project to the EAC was for recycling of Basra Star in the safest and environmentally sustainable manner, otherwise it is posing threat to the marine environment. The project attracted relevant provisions of the Coastal Regulation Zone notification 2011. The company has promised that it will be a short duration project of three to four months without any permanent establishment. The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) and Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai (Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways) have both allowed dismantling of the vehicle with validity till May 25.


The Basra Star vessel, once a victim of nature's fury, has found new life as a beloved tourist spot along the shores of Mirya Beach. Its story serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of exploration and resilience in the face of adversity. As travellers flock to witness this maritime marvel, they not only embark on a journey through history but also contribute to the ongoing preservation of our maritime heritage. So, if you're seeking an adventure off the beaten path, make sure to add the Basra Star to your travel itinerary – an experience unlike any other awaits!

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