The Indian Navy and Coast Guard rescued 30 sailors on Thursday from Panama-flagged cargo ship MV RAK Carrier that sank about 20 nautical miles away from South Mumbai.
The ship, which sank after water entered its cargo hull, was carrying 60,054 metric tonnes of coal from Lubuk-Tutung in Indonesia to Dahej Port in Gujarat.
Meanwhile, 290 tonnes of fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel on the sunken ship pose an ecological threat to coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Coast Guard has placed its pollution control vessel ICGS Samudra Prahari in the area to monitor any spillage. “We have asked the Directorate General of Shipping to contact the ship owners for extraction of oil from the ship,” said inspector-general of Coast Guard SPS Basra.
The incident comes within five days of oil tanker MT Pavit running aground near Juhu beach unnoticed by the three-tier coastal security comprising the navy, Coast Guard and Mumbai police. Earlier in June another cargo ship MV Wisdom had beached near Juhu.
The rescued sailors, which include Indonesian, Jordanian and Romanian nationals, were sent for necessary first aid and subsequent questioning to the Indian Navy’s gun ship base INS Shikra. Coast Guard officials said the crew would be handed over to the ship owners, Delta Shipping Marine Services of Qatar.
A DGS statement said navigational warning had been issued to alert mariners of the danger posed by the ship near the busy Mumbai harbour.