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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tanker reports distress, Coast Guard rescue vessel, 14 crew

VASCO: A distress situation was reported by a motor tanker Infinity-1 around 20 nautical miles from Goa on Wednesday evening.
On receiving the call, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) salvaged the vessel, its cargo and rescued 14 crew by dispatching ships from Goa. MT Infinity-1 is an oil/asphalt carrier and was on coastal passage from Kandla port in Gujarat to Karwar in Karnataka with a 14-member Indian crew.
According to the information, ICG provided salvage assistance to the Panama flagged MT Infinity-1 carrying 1794 metric tons of asphalt. The vessel was anchored 20 miles off Aguada, Goa due to high rate of flooding.
“On receipt of the information from maritime rescue coordination centre, Mumbai through an e-mail at 6 pm from the ships agent, IGC swung into action and immediately dispatched ships from Goa to bring the situation under control,” said ICG DIG Goa Region Manoj Baadkar.
He further said that the vessel had developed a crack near the coffer-dam two meters below the water line in the fore part of the ship due to which water ingresses was at a very high rate.
“The flooding would have caused the ship to sink. The tanker was not sufficiently equipped to cope up with the volume of water entering the vessel,” he said.
The Coast Guard sent Amal and Shoor, two ships, to assist the distressed vessel.

Herald Goa News

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