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ONGC vessel sinks

Date: 20 May 2021 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management

Issue

Four vessels went adrift due to the rough seas as a result of the cyclone Tauktae. Navy assets were deployed for carrying out rescue operations.

 

Details

  • The cyclone hit Mumbai coast in location where large vessels and drilling dredges of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation were stationed.

  • The huge waves and winds clocking more than 100 kmph were responsible for pushing the vessel away from its position towards open seas.

  • The vessels belonged to M/S Afcons that was working on a project of ONGC in Western Arabian Sea’s offshore oil fields.

  • Some of the barges damaged served as the living quarters of men working on the drilling rig of ONGC project site.

 

Reasons for disaster

The barges were stationed in their position using anchors. The strong winds and continuous action of the seas pushed them away from their position into open seas.

 

Rescue operation

  • INS Kochi and INS Kolkata were the ships deployed by Indian Navy in the rescue operations. It was not immediately possible to start due to bad weather.

  • A substantial number of personnel are said to have rescued but many of them are yet to be traced. One of the barges has also sunk.