The Yellow Gate police station, on Monday, registered a first information report (FIR) against the merchant ship MV Nord Lake, which collided with the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vindhyagiri, causing it to sink.
The police said the FIR was initiated by lieutenant commander Sunil Chaturvedi. “The FIR has been registered under Sections 280 (rash navigation of vessel), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage to others),” said Quaiser Khalid, deputy commissioner of police (Port Zone).
Police investigations are on to ascertain the cause of the accident, and MV Nord Lake has been asked to remain anchored at the Mumbai Port Trust pending inquiry. The Navy, too, has constituted a board of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the
According to the police, all 150 people onboard the warship on Sunday were successfully rescued. Also, most of the arms and ammunition aboard the ship was removed in time. “There was a minor oil spill, but was contained by the Coast Guard. Also, since the fire broke out, most of the oil was burnt before it had spilled,” Khalid said.
The Coast Guard – the premier agency in case of an oil spill – was alerted, and was on standby. “We responded as soon as oil spilled out of the warship,” coast guards officials said.
INS Vindhyagiri – a frontline frigate – collided with MV Nord Lake around 4.45 pm near Sunk Rock Light House off the coast on Sunday evening. A fire subsequently broke out on the naval ship, sources in the Navy said.
MV Nord Lake was being piloted out by a Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) pilot, and was in middle ground, when it collided with the naval ship.