Monday, January 31, 2011
NOW THE BAD NEWS
After the successful launch of their new sail training ship in Goa the Indian Navy has suffered an accident up the coast at Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. The INS Vindhyagiri (F42) was in collision with the container ship MV Nordlake. The incident occurred during the approach to Mumbai as the container ship was departing with a Pilot on board and the Naval vessel was entering the Port.
As a result of the collision there was a severe fire aboard the INS Vindhyagiri and the frigate was brought to the Naval Dockyard. The firefighting efforts resulted in flooding as dewatering efforts could not keep up with the fire hoses. As a result the frigate took on a severe list to port, then sank to the seabed and is partially submerged. There is no oilspill reported but the Indian Coast Guard is on standby and the shipping traffic in the Channel is not disrupted.
The initial review of the incident puts the INS Vindhyagiri as the likely at fault vessel, however a full enquiry has yet to get underway. The Indian Navy said that in fact there was a third vessel involved, named Sea Eagle, which got involved with the Nordlake causing the Nordlake to alter course and in so doing hitting the INS Vindhyagiri near its fuel tanks.
Reports and photos are courtesy of The Times of India, The Hindu and Indian Express.