Navy warship INS Vindhyagiri capsizes

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  1. pmaitra

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    Navy warship INS Vindhyagiri capsizes

    Yogesh Naik, TNN, Jan 31, 2011; Times of India

    MUMBAI: The India Navy warship INS Vindhyagiri capsized on Monday. The warship had collided head-on with a Cyprus flag merchant ship, M V Nordlake, near Sunk Rock Lighthouse off Mumbai harbour on Sunday evening.

    There was flooding inside the warship after firefighters poured water to control the raging fire that started early Monday morning.

    The naval dockyard could not control the fire and sought help from the Mumbai fire brigade. The cause of the fire is not known.

    According to Navy spokesperson the warship is sitting on the seabed.

    The Coast Guard have initiated oil spill operations to ensure there is no damage.

    Earlier, the city fire brigade sent 8 fire tenders and 4 jumbo tankers to douse the fire.

    At 8.30 am on Monday, the city fire control said that many people were stuck in the ship. The JNPT has sent a tug to douse the fire, while MbPT has sent its tenders.

    Apart from naval personnel, Vindhyagiri also has on board families of naval personnel and some civilians who had gone for a sea tour on Sunday. The damaged INS Vindhyagiri, which has reportedly suffered a crack in its hull, was brought to the naval dockyard.

    M V Nordlake started off from JNPT at 1.54 pm on Sunday with a JNPT pilot to escort it out of the channel. N N Kumar, JNPT deputy chairman, said, "Our pilot was constantly in touch with the vessel tracking monitoring system on the wireless. The collision happened near the Sunk Rock Lighthouse at around 3.30 pm." Shipping ministry officials said it was surprising how the crew of the two ships did not spot each other on a sunny afternoon.

    Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust officials had on Sunday blamed personnel on board the naval ship for the accident. An inquiry was ordered by director-general of shipping S B Agnihotri into the incident.

    "The incident is quite serious as naval officials are highly trained," said an official not wishing to be identified.

    Officials said that papers of M V Nordlake were seized as insurance formalities have to be completed. Naval officials are yet to assess the financial aspect of the damage. Vindhyagiri is in the naval dockyard and will be examined thorougly on Monday, said a naval official.

    JNPT officials said that M V Nordlake was 175 metres long and fully laden with containers, but unlike the MSC Chitra-Khalijia-III collision last year, there was no oil spill or hindrance to traffic in the port or channel.

    The shipping ministry is planning to revamp its communication system soon. In the last two years, there have been three major ship collisions. Last year, apart from the Chitra-Khalijia collision, coast guard ship Vivek sunk in the port after it was hit by Panamanian vessel Global Purity in March. On August 31, two ships collided at Indira Docks.

    Read more: Navy warship INS Vindhyagiri capsizes - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...apsizes/articleshow/7395672.cms#ixzz1Ccv2xSvD
     
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    This is horrific! How on Juno's big c**t did the two fail to see each other on a Sunday afternoon?

    If INS Vindhyaagiri was harboured at port, it was probably M V Nordlake's fault. I'm hearing the ship veered to starboard at the last minute, and failed to course-correct.

    They are goin' to pay a bomb to the Maritime Authorities for this.

    They're already been booked under IPC Sections 280 (rash navigation of vessel), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering the life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage) from the latest information.

    The last I've heard is that they've managed to get the ship listed to one side so that it would not sink any further and salvage operations could begin.

    I only hope the families and the sailors that were in there are safe.
     
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    Sad news..

    Btw, Some report says all crew are safe, the vessel was a training type..
     
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    shave their balls before hanging those bastards by them......

    MFers, sala kangali mai aata gila kar diya....
     
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    ROFL Sometimes I wish we'd had sharks.
     
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    Smoke billows out of the naval dockyard following fire broke out in the naval warship INS Vindhyagiri after it collided with a merchant vessel in Mumbai, on Monday.



     
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    Let's hope that the sailors and the family members are safe.
     
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    Navy orders inquiry into warship accident

    The Navy on Monday ordered a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to look into the reasons behind collision of one of its warships with a merchant vessel in the Mumbai harbour and explore its future operational worth.

    The Navy has also lodged an FIR in Mumbai against the cargo ship MV Nordalke which collided with the INS Vindhyagiri in the harbour on Sunday.

    “An FIR has been lodged with Mumbai police and MV Nordlake is held back in the Mumbai harbour. An inquiry is being ordered onto the incident,” Navy officials said in New Delhi.

    The BOI, they said, will also look into the reasons behind the collision and assess the damage done to the ship.

    It will also recommend if the ship was fit to be used again for operations or not.

    After the collision, the ship is lying on the sea bed in the Naval dockyard and cannot sink completely as the water level is very low there, they said.

    Fire had engulfed INS Vindhyagiri after the accident and due to a dent, water flooded it. Thereafter, it was safely berthed alongside in the naval harbour.

    Taking safety precautions, all the ammunition on board the warship was cleared and efforts were made by personnel there to contain the fire and flooding on board, the officials said. “Necessary measures have also been taken to prevent any spillage of oil from the ship,” they added.

    Commissioned in 1981, the INS Vindhyagiri was a fully-operational Leander-class frigate.

    The Hindu
     
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    Comments on some news website -

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    :rotfl::rotfl:Army ship!!:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    :lol: What a logic in second comment! :lol:
     
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    Ship is past its service life, gutted by fire, under water and rammed. No brainer....

    The fire was so intense, fireships failed to put it out. That ship is gutted.
     
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    That news is a lil' old...

    It was from late last evening, when there was only a crack in the hull under the waterline, and the pumps were able to cope with the leak until the fire put the electrical system out and it listed and capsized, as per reports of members of Merchant marine ships that passed the vessel from the starboard side.

    I think the Navy now is interested only in extricating the debris from the Mumbai basin. The damage to the hull is extensive, and it obviously can not be salvaged...

    I think we've been overall pretty lucky that the accident happened so close to port. Given the families and the officers that were on board. The Navy should sue Reederei "Nord" Klaus E. Oldendorff GmBH for all it's worth.
     
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    any news on what happened to captain and navigating officer of warship ? were they arrested ?
     
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    Watch the NDTV report I posted. The animation shows they were not at fault.
     
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    According to post 1
    and also according to 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' it is fault of both ships.
     
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    Doesn't mean much for a naval admiralty court. In traffic terms, he had right of way. Question is if he did enough to avoid it.
     
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    This raises a few questions that need to be answered:

    1. Why was a warship, a frontline vessel, being used as a pleasure cruiser?

    2. Were there adequate fire fighting systems on onboard?

    3. What type of fire fighting systems were there, apart from the water jetting? Water is a bit outdated, if it is the only fire extinguisher.

    4. What were the crew and look outs doing?

    5. Why did the ship not take an evasive action [it was sailing slowly, not anchored]? How would the ship have fared in battle conditions if it could not maintain distance during peacetime?

    6. Is it possible that the cargo ship developed some snag so that it veered suddenly? If not, was the pilot not lincenced? If he was, then could he have done it deliberately? More than than the captain, the pilot is culpable, after all it was under control of pilot.

    7. Why was the cargo ship moving under its own power, instead of being towed by tugs?


    Mind you, a few years ago a warship broke in two in the Bay of Bengal, during perfectly calm sea conditions.
     
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    Vice-Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, commander-in-chief of the Western Naval Command, told TOI on Monday, "We have investigated and it is clear that the Nordlakes crew is to blame. Vindhyagiri was returning from the sea with another vessel, MV Sea Eagle, when Nordlake was leaving the harbour. There was immense confusion between the crew of the Nordlake and the Sea Eagle. Finally the crew of the Nordlake panicked and turned the ship, ramming it the engine room and boiler of the Vindhyagiri, which was travelling at low speed. Her fuel tank also ruptured due to the impact.

    Bhasin said records of communication between the Nordlake and Sea Eagle show the confusion. "The two ships first wanted to pass to the left of each other. A few minutes later, they decided to pass to the right of each other. Again a decision was taken to pass to the left of each other. As they came closer, the Nordlake crew panicked and turned right. As a result, the ship rammed into the INS Vindhyagiri."

    Source: TOI
     
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    @Vladimir : can u elaborate on it?
    @rcscwc: i can answer your first question , In Indian navy its called a family day when families of people working on ships are invited on board and ships sail out to sea.ships usually sail out in morning and come back by evening .Basically its a day to familiarise what men do on ships.
     
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    No Ship in that class could survive that Impact...
     

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