Stricken Jindal Kamakshi anchored off Mumbai

Stricken Jindal Kamakshi anchored off Mumbai

Mumbai: Contrary to what the authorities had expected the general cargo vessel Jindal Kamakshi, which ran into severe difficulties off Mumbai yesterday, has yet to sink. The ship, which required the navy to helicopter the crew off yesterday, following water ingress and the ship listing, is now anchored 40 nautical miles north of Mumbai. Around 20 containers have been spotted around the ship.

The seas are reported as rough, and the vessel could sink soon. The cause of the breach in the ship has yet to be determined.

The ship’s captain Mahendra Pal Prabhakar recounted to the Times of India the stressful night the crew had had as the ship listed 20 degrees and they awaited rescue.

“The crew spent a scary night onboard. There was a time when they decided to jump into the sea before the ship sank. I told them not to worry and that help will reach,” Prabhakar said. “After the ship suffered damage, the crew was instructed to settle on the bridge so that if the ship started sinking, no one could be trapped inside.”

The coastguard expects the ship to sink soon.

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.

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