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Navy deploys helicopter to assist drifting vessel

Information was received around midnight by the Indian Navy that a vessel in distress Jindal Kamakshi which was 40 nautical miles from Mumbai harbour had listed heavily.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Published: June 22, 2015 7:56 am
navyday9 Indian Navy has launched one helicopter to provide immediate assistance . (Image used for representation purpose only)

Indian Navy today deployed a helicopter for assistance after a merchant vessel with 20 persons onboard listed off the Vasai coast in neighbouring Palghar district.

“Information was received around midnight by the Indian Navy that a vessel in distress Jindal Kamakshi which was 40 nautical miles from Mumbai harbour and 25 nautical miles off Vasai coast had listed heavily,” a Defence spokesperson said.

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“The distress message said the vessel listed heavily, with 20 persons onboard and requested assistance,” the official said, adding the cause of the listing was not confirmed.

“Indian Navy has launched one Seaking helicopter to provide immediate assistance and a ship was also deployed for rendering assistance. The ship has been contacted,” he said.

He further said, the vessel had counter ballasted (flood opposite tank) to improve stability. Condition is currently stable. “Considering the sea state in the area, we are keeping a close watch on the situation and keeping close to evacuate the vessel should the situation worsen,” he added.

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    Sachin Kumar
    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:41 am
    Please save the crew and detain the ship. The owners of the vessel in question are Jindal ITF, Navin Jindal. Their other ships are Jindal Meenakshi, Jindal Tara, Jindal Varad, Jindal Tarini all of them are in deable condition and strictly not seaworthy. These vessel are still plying because our enforcement authorities, Port State Control and MMD allow such gross negligence of Safety Of Life At Sea and risk the lives of these innocent crew members. To your surprise I must tell you that the crew aboard these vessels are highly underpaid and sometimes not paid. The Maritime Labor Convention stited norms regarding overtime, work and rest hours, hygiene, provisions, ISM are never implemented or the implementation are faked. these ships have been detained several times by PSCs in other countries
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