Navy ship collides with vessel near Mumbai coast
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Last Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011, 00:43
  
Mumbai: An Indian naval warship with 400 people on board, including family members of Navy personnel, today collided with a foreign merchant vessel at the Mumbai harbour, resulting in fire on the warship, Coast Guard officials said.

There were no reports of casualty or oil spill in the incident which occurred when the family members of the Navy personnel were celebrating the annual "Day at Sea" on board INS Vindhyagiri, they said.

According to the officials, INS Vindhyagiri was returning to the dockyard while merchant vessel Nord Lake was leaving Mumbai harbour when the two collided at Sunk Clock in the harbour this evening.

Following the collision, a fire broke out in the warship and the Coast Guard officials were pressed into service to douse the fire.

The fire was doused after over four hours of operations and the situation is under control, the officials said adding that family members of the Navy personnel were ferried to safer places. Both the ships have suffered damages.

The Navy and the Directorate General of Shipping is inquiring into the matter to establish whose fault it was, the officials said.

While INS Vindhyagiri has been sailed to the dockyard, Nord Lake has been anchored at the harbour.

Traffic on the navigational route has not been disrupted.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 00:43


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