The Indian Navy has joined the search for eight missing crew of the ONGC charter
vessel Samudrika 10 that sank in the Bombay High area afternoon.
to a press release issued by Sical Limited that operates and maintains ONGC''s
offshore supply vessel, one helicopter and three offshore supply vessels and one
multi support vessel all belonging to ONGC, one aircraft of Indian Coast Guard
and two vessels of British Gas have been deployed in the search and rescue operations.
minister Murli Deora has arranged with the defence ministry for an additional
naval helicopter have the Navy to join the rescue operations. All platforms, rigs
and vessels of ONGC in the area have been advised to keep a close watch during
the night. Maritime searches are usually conducted for a minimum of 72 hours.
the 17 crew on board the Samudrika 10 nine were rescued and brought back
to Mumbai after receiving first aid and Sical has taken charge of the rescued
ONGC officers and Sical''s project officials rushed to the accident site to oversee
the search and rescue operations.Samudrika
10 was deployed 56 nautical miles from Mumbai. The 1986 built offshore supply
vessel was taken over by Sical early this month from Shipping Corporation of India
as part of operations and maintenance contract from ONGC.
afternoon the vessel was on standby mode due to bad weather waiting for transfer
of cargo to ONGC''s drilling rig Sagar Gaurav operating in Bassein and ONGC''s
the morning while the vessel was cruising, it the duty officer on bridge duty
received a steering flood alarm. Captain Singh decided to anchor the vessel off
Sagar Gaurav to control the flooding. Attempts by the ship crew to enter
steering flat failed owing to bad weather, heavy swell and casing cargo on the
the entire period the captain and senior officers were on the bridge of the vessel
maintaining in constant touch with Nhava Radio. At about 0930 hours the vessel
picked up anchor and started drifting and awaiting a tow vessel. The Nand Panna
arrived at about 1145 hours and started towing the Samudrika 10. Within
ten minutes the Samudrika 10 started listing on the starboard side and
the tow was disconnected. At about 1235 hours the vessel started to sink by stern.
The vessel sank
from the stern and could not be brought back to normal position due to unexpected
shifting of heavy cargo and aggravated weather conditions.
says the vessel sailed out of ONGC''s Nhava Supply base, on 6th July in full sea
worthy condition and complied with all requisite certification as required. Samudrika
10 had completed its last statutory dry dock in February 2006 and was due for
the next one in November 2008.