The Bahamas flagged merchant vessel MV Dynamic Striker, which was trying to flee from the Mumbai coast outer anchorage without discharging cargo at the port, was intercepted and brought back to the city by the Coast Guard at 6am on Wednesday. The vessel was handed over to the Yellowgate police.
The Coast Guard team on the vessel escorted Striker till the outer anchorage off Mumbai coast, which is ten nautical miles off Mumbai. Naval warship INS Angre was pressed into service to stop Striker, which fled Mumbai port without completing necessary formalities.
On Wednesday morning, a team from the Yellow Gate police station left for questioning the twenty-member crew of Striker, who are Russian and Ukrainian nationals, to know the exact reason behind them fleeing from the outer anchorage and not responding to several warnings and alerts.
However, late on Wednesday night, as the team returned, Quaiser Khalid, deputy commissioner of port zone, said, “The special branch would have to give a permit for the vessel to come in Mumbai and only then we would be recording the statements.”
Also, Ispat Industries, who were to receive the cargo in the vessel, have lodged a complaint at Yellow Gate police station stating that they had made complete payment for the cargo and despite that the shipping company ordered the Striker crew to leave the port without discharging the cargo.