The incident comes a month after a fire broke out on INS Matanga when welding work was being done in the tugboat at the same dockyard. The two incidents have raised questions about the quality of workmanship at the dockyard.
“It seems the nozzle of the welding gun was opened but it was not ignited. This led to gas accumulation. It can happen in your kitchen if you are careless,” a navy source said.
Meanwhile, a top-level naval rejig is yet to be cleared by the government. The Mumbai-based Western Naval Command has been headless for nearly three weeks after Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha took voluntary retirement. The reshuffle will see five to six top admirals move into new roles, as reported by HT on April 29.Related: Navy hit again, officer dies in mishap on INS KolkataINS Sindhuratna mishap: Navy chief resigns as 2 go missing, 7 injured