On July 29th the crew of the Motor Tanker Pavit made a Mayday call off the coast of Oman and were quickly rescued by local authorities but no attempt was made to salvage the ship which authorities assumed had sunk. A month later the same vessel washed ashore on a popular beach in Mumbai India.

India’s Director General Shipping, SB Agnihotri, said an investigation had been launched into how the MT Pavit ran aground on Sunday. “We will in our inquiry be looking at this particular issue,” he said on Tuesday amid national concerns about maritime security, which had been overhauled after terrorists used ships to enter Mumbai and launch a deadly attack on the city in 2008. “We are looking at these 100 hours when the detection has not happened.”

While the authorities did not take action until hours after the ship grounded, the Mumbai Police did receive a call about the tanker from local Fishermen who spotted the 77-metre-long vessel sailing without lights and drifting, at 10 pm on Saturday, July 30.

Work has begun to salvage the Panama-flagged ship, which can carry up to 1,000 tonnes of cargo, and contact has been made with the vessel’s owners and insurers, says Indian authorities. Top priority for the salvage is the recovery of the 10 tonnes of fuel oil and 10 tonnes of gas oil the vessel was carrying but no signs of a spill have been reported at this time and because the ship merely drifted local salvage teams are hopeful that the vessel can be pulled out, undamaged, during the next high tide.

The Indian Navy, who is responsible for the country’s maritime security, has been ordered to submit a report and identify the reason this ship drifted so long undetected.

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  • http://twitter.com/pmartyr Steven W. Chong

    So much for the ISPS Code. Maybe time for a serious review of its continued relevance or improvement?

  • http://twitter.com/pmartyr Steven W. Chong

    So much for the ISPS Code. Maybe time for a serious review of its continued relevance or improvement?

  • http://twitter.com/pmartyr Steven W. Chong

    So much for the ISPS Code. Maybe time for a serious review of its continued relevance or improvement?

  • http://twitter.com/pmartyr Steven W. Chong

    So much for the ISPS Code. Maybe time for a serious review of its continued relevance or improvement?

  • Dubby49

    The Agnihotri mentioned in the article is not “The head of India’s maritime watchdog group” as mentioned, but the Director General Shipping, the government’s Merchant Navy Regulator. He has no role in security issues, which are handled by the Coast Guard which operates under the Ministry of Defence. The CG is also responsible for SAR. This is unlike the US system in which the USCG performs security, SAR and regulatory functions.

    This a gross breach of security and one hopes that a worthwhile investigation will be carried out and the guilty dealt with appropriately.

  • Capt Ashok Malkani

    There does not appear to be anyone who saw the m.t. Pavit sink.
    Did the crew of the vessel report the sinking to the shipowners ?
    Did the shipowners inform the underwriters of the sinking.
    Did the Classification Society record the sinking ?
    Did Lloyds announce the sinking in any casualty list?
    It is really amazing that this abandoned vessel ( in good condition ) drifted undetected, because everybody ” supposed ” that the ship had sunk !!!
    This sort of  happening is bizarre

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