Mumbai: Mediterranean Shipping Company,
owner of the vessel `MSC Chitra` which collided with
Khalijia-III off the Mumbai coast on August 7, on Friday claimed
the latter had ignored international navigational rules which
resulted in the mishap.
"We believe Khalijia-III ignored international
navigational rules which resulted in the collision with MSC
Chitra," a senior MSC official said.
According to the official, it was apparent that MSC
Chitra was properly proceeding outbound within the main
Khalijia-III left its anchorage position and crossed
the channel ahead of MSC Chitra but after crossing the
channel, the former turned sharply to port and re-entered the
channel, the official said, adding on re-entering, it
continued to turn to port contrary to rules of navigation
and its bow (front section) struck MSC Chitra ahead of
With this collision, the vessel MSC Chitra suffered
extensive damage and grounded close to the point of collision
outside the channel. A number of containers fell from the deck
as the vessel tilted about 20 degrees initially, the official
Currently, efforts are on by tugs to locate and
retrieve the containers and put them on to barges. Some
containers have been washed ashore and security has been
deployed, he said.
The salvors and vessel managers are co-ordinating with
authorities on all aspects of the salvage operations. The
International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), an
international marine pollution expert has also been appointed
to advise and assist in containing and cleaning up operations
with the assistance of the Coast Guard and local authorities,
the official said.