The newly inaugurated Ro-Pax ferry “Voyage Symphony” got stuck mid-sea in the Gulf of Khambhat with over 400 passengers and vehicles onboard Wednesday afternoon. Overheating of the engine is being stated as the reason for the vessel to get stalled mid-sea.
According to official sources, the vessel was en route to Ghogha in Bhavnagar from Dahej when the incident happened. “There was an alarm after the engines heated up. So the captain stalled the vessel and dropped anchor. This happened about three nautical miles from the Gogha terminal,” Chetan Contractor, Chairman and Managing Director of Surat-based company Indigo Seaways Pvt Ltd that manages and operates the ferry service told The Indian Express.
The passengers remained stuck onboard the vessel for about two hours before tug-boats were called to take the stalled vessel to the nearby Gogha terminal. “The tugs that we have are smaller in size and so had to hire bigger ones that could pull the vessel. This took a bit of time. But all the passengers are safe,” Contractor added. The ferry was launched by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani from the Gogha terminal on October 27. Rupani himself rode on the ferry that has been imported from South Korea and refitted in China.
According to Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), currently, two tugs are taking the vessel to Ghogha.