Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
ABANDONIG THE VESSEL - OCEAN GOING TUG RUNNING AGROUND
G NANDAKUMAR, vessel FAST FOX
The tug was towing a barge in the midnight and steaming in between Okha and Dwaraka and was at around 10 nautical miles from the shore. Sea condition became worse. Fire broke out from the gasket of one of the cylinder heads of the main engine, forcing the engine to be stopped.
The master dropped the anchor, but since the barge was being pulled towards the shore, due to heavy swells the anchor chain got cut off. Master dropped the other anchor, that also got cut off. The tug could not disconnect the towing wire rope and shackle. Hence the master gave ‘abandon ship’ order verbally. Same time he tried to call for help through radio and also started sending flares. By this time the barge got beached and the tug landed on a rock and tilted to starboard side. The water started flooding in the engine room. Auxiliary engines and generators stopped automatically.
All personnel reached the bridge and from there jumped into water and swam ashore. All persons were treated and checked Salvage tug was called from Singapore and the tug was salvaged.
Lessons Learnt :
always be careful while attending to cargo work. Do not hurry up the work and at the same time do not delay too much. You have to be aware of what is happening surrounding you and exercise all safety measures.