The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Vivek sank after a merchant vessel rammed into it on Tuesday in Mumbai port.
The Indian Navy has issued a statement on the sinking of the ICGS Vivek. “At about 1630 hrs on 23 Mar 2010, MV (Merchant Vessel) Global Purity, while being brought for docking in Mumbai Port Trust, collided with and hit Indian Coast Guard Ship Vivek three times, which resulted in severe damage and heavy flooding of sea water into the ship,” said the navy’s spokesman, Commander PVS Satish
“ICGS Vivek, commissioned in 1989, was berthed alongside Indira Dock and undergoing repairs and refit, which were being undertaken by M/s Krasny Marine Services, Mumbai. Despite all efforts of ship’s crew, Port Trust authorities and Indian Navy to control the heavy flooding of sea water, the ship sank next to the jetty in a very short time,” he said.
There were no casualties.