Another vessel runs aground at Juhu beach in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 31, 2011

In a repeat of the MV Wisdom episode, another vessel ran aground near the Juhu beach in north-west Mumbai today.

The Panama-flagged merchant tanker, MT Pavit, with a capacity to hold 1,000 tonnes of oil, run aground in Seven Bungalows early this morning and was suspected to have drifted in from the Arabian Gulf, officials said here.

The Indian Coast Guard MRCC, Mumbai received a message from MRCC Falmouth on June 29 regarding drifting of MT Pavit at 110 nautical miles off Ras al-Madrakah coast in Oman due to engine failure and ingress of water in engine room.

Subsequently, India-flagged MT Jag Pushpa was diverted by United Kingdom MRCC to render assistance, which rescued all 13 crew members and brought them to Sikka in Gujarat.

At around 1200 hrs, the Coast Guard Region Headquarters (West) was informed by Juhu police regarding grounding of MT Pavit off Versova beach opposite Ruia park / Chandan cinema, a Defence release said here.

Following this, Coast Guard ship Amrit Kaur and a helicopter were deployed to the spot for preliminary assessment. The vessel was assessed to have been grounded at Juhu beach without any apparent damage. The vessel has double bottom and has 10 mt fuel oil and 10 mt gas oil.

The company was in the process of engaging salvor for removal of the vessel from beach, it added.

MV Wisdom had got stuck on Juhu beach in June and was salvaged early this month.


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