Fire breaks out on Indian OSV

Mumbai: A serious fire broke out on an OSV owned by Indian oil giant OGNC on Sunday afternoon. The accident happened 200 km off the Mumbai coast.

No casualties were reported from the fire, which started in the engine room of the Indian-flagged Vestfonn (built 1983; 2,362 dwt) and rapidly escalated. Three coast guard ships were deployed to the scene as well as a naval helicopter. The crew were evacuated by another nearby OSV, Great Ahalya.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The ship is owned by Baker Hughes Oilfield Services and Gard is its P&I Club.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. As a “Marine Engineer” having worked on O.N.G.C supply ships between 2002 and 2006 fine this fire accident not abnormal for a old ship built in 1983.Working conditions in most of the “O.N.G.C” vessels is hazardous and hence the pay scales excellent.The “O.S.V Great Ahalya” owned by “Great Eastern Shipping has managed to rescue the crew of “VESTFONN”.The average life of a “SUPPLY VESSEL” is 25 years and “VESTFONN” is definitely past its seaworthy prime and definitely for the ship graving dock.Luckily there are no casualties and also the ship is not a total loss being towed to harbour.

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