Fire on Warship INS Ganga at Mumbai Naval Dock, 3 Injured

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    3 sailors injured in a minor explosion on INS Ganga vessel

    MUMBAI: Three sailors suffered burns after a minor explosion that occurred in boiler situated close to the engine room of INS Ganga — a frigate Godavari class vessel today. The incident occurred around 12.50pm, when the ship was anchored at the Mumbai Naval dock for a routine maintenance check-up.

    Immediately after the incident the three sailors present at the engine room were brought aboard the ship and rushed to the INHS Asvini hospital at Colaba. The Indian Navy officials are conducting a probe to find out the cause of fire at the boiler that led to minor explosion. "We are waiting for the status report of those sailors suffered burns in the minor explosion," said a defence official.

    This is the seventh incident in less than four and a half month in 2014 and 16th incident since 2000.

    Minor fire on naval warship INS Ganga, 3 injured


    Mumbai: Just few weeks after a tragedy hit the Navy's Russian-origin Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhuratna, a minor explosion was reported at the INS Ganga at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on Friday.

    According to initial reports, three persons, including a navy sailor, who were onboard the INS Ganga were also inured in the incident.

    The cause of fire at the naval warship is yet to be ascertained.

    This incident comes few weeks after the tragic death of at least seven sailors in a mishap involving the Russian-origin Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhuratna, 40 nautical miles off the coast of Mumbai.

    In March this year, INS Kolkata was hit by an accident at the Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai claiming the life of a Commander and hospitalisation of two dockyard employees.
     
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    This has become routine for IN, like it is plane crashes for IAF. Good going everyone.
     
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    At this point I'm really starting to feel there might be something shady is going on......so many incidents.
     
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    these many incidents and still IN has not learnt any lesson ? when the inductions of naval equipments and vessels into IN has increased, equal number of mishaps are also increasing.....
     
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    Something horribly is going wrong.

    Is it poor material in construction?

    Is it poor maintenance?

    Is it poor training and professional skills?
     
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    i am pretty sure it is sabotage (guesswork)!!! These accidents cant happen with so much periodicity with out the help of some locals who could be regular workers/sympathizers of pakistan/US/china/Russia/UK .i think tight security measures in/out of ships dock yard,frisking may help a bit.
     
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    Actually, as the incidence rate rises, the likelihood of any new incident being sabotage falls - no intelligence agency would jeopardize its valuable HUMINT assets by making them repeat an easily visible pattern of behavior for effects limited to one or two vessels at a time.
     
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    Russian quality on display once again
     
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    It could be something wrong with the Mumbai dock. When the PLAN first bulked up its South China Sea fleet in 2010, it had to start using a new port for operations (since it was running out of room at Zhanjiang), and the newly pressed civilian dockworkers racked up an atrocious safety record until the PLAN dispatched a contingent of long-serving petty officers to properly train them.

    What's surprising if that's true, though, is that dockworkers at Mumbai would have difficulty handling INS ships, given that Mumbai has been a naval base for decades now.
     
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    Good point. But again perhaps it is to establish a pattern that might be the motive. Perhaps maximize it until it is stopped. The pattern is of value since it will be marque for the future.
     
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    It is an indian designed and built frigate.

    I would put the incident down to poor worksman standards. The yards need to modernise eqiipment, technique and skills. No point in pouring in millions to upgrade shipyards if you don't train the labour force.
     
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    Today's report indicate that the welders working with the boilers were with poor skills.

    Still, it is time that workers are selected on merit and not on political or 'reservation' affiliation, as is all Govt jobs.

    Unless India puts merit over the overworked extraneous considerations this type of issue will continue to arise.
     
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    I found this article but cannot find its date.

    New Safety Organisation Envisaged For Indian Navy - Defence Now
     
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    Naval Commander's Conference 2013/1 held : Press Release : Indian Navy
     
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    Does the INS ask for safety manuals and six-week training seminars for civilian dockworkers in its tech acquisition and ToT programs?

    E.g. if the INS signs a contract to purchase a bunch of gas turbine or diesel warship engines, does it simply ask for enough training to operate them, or does it ask for a lengthy training program to learn how to maintain them? And does it expand the training program to civilian dockworkers as well, or limit it to INS personnel?
     
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