INS Vindhyagiri on fire, efforts on to douse blaze

The Naval Dockyard in Mumbai was engulfed in thick smoke on Monday morning, as firefighters continued their attempts to douse the fire onboard INS Vindhyagiri.
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jan 31, 2011 04:25 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

The Naval Dockyard in Mumbai was engulfed in thick smoke on Monday morning, as firefighters continued their attempts to douse the fire onboard INS Vindhyagiri.

INS Vindhyagiri – a frontline Naval frigate of the Indian Navy – had collided with a merchant vessel MV Nord Lake at around 4.45 pm near Sunk Rock Light House on Sunday evening.

The naval ship that has suffered major damages tilted towards one side in the morning as water continued to enter the ship, said sources in the Navy.

The Indian Coast Guard - the premier agency in case of an oil spill - was also alerted, and was on standby to ensure timely response to a condition where oil spilled out of the warship, said coast guards officials.

"We have been put on alert," said Inspector General of Coast Guards (Western Region) SPS Basra.

Captain Manohar Nambiar, chief defence spokesperson Western Naval Command said, "There was smoke in the area because of fire. But this happens with a warship as even a minor fire on the ship would cause tremendous amount of smoke, because of a particular lining that the warships are coated with."

The defence spokesperson confirmed that the ship had not capsized as of 1 pm on Monday afternoon, and salvage operations were being carried out.

Around 18 to 19 ships had set sail on Saturday along with family members of Navy personnel as part of the ‘family’s day at sea’ occasion when the incident happened.

The merchant vessel 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. Investigations are on to ascertain the cause of the accident, and MV Nork Lake has been asked to remain anchored at the Mumbai Port Trust pending enquiry.

The Navy too has constituted a Board of Inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.


    Presley Thomas heads the crime and legal team of Hindustan Times, Mumbai. Has been a journalist since the last 16 years and has worked with various national dailies. Covers defence and terrorism, and has reported from various states across the country

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Vehicles are stuck in a traffic jam as the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH-44) reopens after it was closed following the landslide that occurred recently, at Samroli, in Udhampur on Friday. (ANI)

    Jammu-Srinagar national highway reopened, stranded vehicles allowed towards Kashmir

    Banihal/Udhampur/Jammu Hundreds of vehicles, stranded for four days, were allowed towards Kashmir on Friday night as one way was restored on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after freshly building a road stretch to replace the one washed away in flash floods, officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik said while all blockades were removed and traffic cleared, the major problem of washing away of the road patch at Dewal bridge near Samroli on June 21 took three-and-half-days to be cleared.

  • The cinema takes its name from the family that ran it.

    Delhiwale: This way to Golcha

    As part of our 'Walled City dictionary' series that explores the names of Old Delhi places. Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. Golcha cinema, in Daryaganj, is screening the digitally coloured version of the classic Mughal-e-Azam. The single-screen hall shut down six years ago (last movie screened was Kahani 2). Golcha came up in 1954. The theatre is now a ghost of its recent past.

  • The territory of Jammu and Kashmir has been selected by the ministry for external affairs (MEA) for G-20 meetings during the summit of the high-profile grouping to be hosted by India in 2023. (HT File Photo)

    Jammu and Kashmir to host G20 summit next year, 5-member panel formed

    The Jammu and Kashmir government has constituted a five-member high-powered panel for overall coordination of G20 meetings to be held in the union territory next year. Acting upon a communique from the Union ministry of external affairs dated June 4, the principal secretary to the J&K government, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi accorded sanction for the constitution of the five-member panel.

  • NIA conducts searches in Jalalabad bomb blast case

    NIA conducts searches in Jalalabad bomb blast case

    The National Investigation Agency on Friday conducted searches at multiple locations in Punjab in the last year's Jalalabad bomb blast case. The NIA conducted searches at 6 locations in the districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka and Tarn Taran and digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, DVRs) , ammunition and other incriminating documents/materials were seized.

  • “For only the 2nd time since 1947, J&K will have no assembly members to vote in the Presidential poll. The last time this happened was during the dark days of the early 90s, 1992 to be precise,” tweeted former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah. (ANI File Photo)

    ‘Last time this happened in 1992’: Omar on Jammu and Kashmir assembly missing Prez poll

    Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said that after the Independence of the country, only for the second time assembly members from J&K can't take part in the presidential elections scheduled for next month. Earlier in 1992, when militancy was at its peak and J&K was under Governor's rule, the erstwhile state had no assembly then so legislators from J&K couldn't participate in the elections for the country's President.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, June 25, 2022