Antony seeks report on MV Pavit running aground

Taking serious note of merchant vessel M V Pavit running aground at Mumbai coast, Defence Minister AK Antony has asked Navy and Indian Coast Guard to submit a report as to how the abandoned ship entered Indian waters undetected.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2011, 23:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking serious note of the
incident where a merchant vessel M V Pavit ran aground at
Mumbai coast on Sunday, Defence Minister AK Antony has asked
Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) to submit a report as to how
the abandoned ship entered Indian waters undetected.

"Defence Minister has asked for a report from Navy and
Coast Guard on the incident. He will also be holding a meeting
on coastal security next week which would be attended by
officials from Navy, Coast Guard and Defence Ministry next
week," Defence sources said here today.

Concerned naval authorities have also been asked to
submit a report on it.

The Panama-flag vessel M V Pavit, started to drift
towards Mumbai coast after its engines failed a month ago near
the coast of Oman, leading to flooding of its engine room.

The crew-member of the 70 meter long merchant vessel
was rescued following a distress call near Oman.

After the Coast Guard received intimation of the ship
being grounded near Juhu beach, it sent out one of its vessels
and a helicopter to assess the situation.

Meanwhile, the sources said possibility of salvaging
the ship is being looked at.

PTI