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Indian Coast Guard rescued 12 crew of MV Kanchan in distress off Umargam, Gujarat

Chennai : Twelve Indian crew stranded on cargo ship MV Kanchan were rescued just ahead of the vessel sinking off Umargam, Gujarat, said an official of Indian Coast Guard.

“The 12 crew of MV Kanchan have been rescued and will be reaching Mumbai later in the day. Meanwhile there is no sign of the steel carrying ship and is reportedly sunk,” the official told.

  • MV Kanchan stranded because of no power amid inclement weather.
  • ICG’s MV Hermeez rescues all the 12 crew in a swift operation.
  • More ICG vessels deployed for assistance.

Indian Coast Guard rescued all the 12 crew of Motor Vessel (MV) Kanchan stranded off Umargam, Gujarat on July 21, 2021. Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai had received information from DG Communication center, Mumbai in the afternoon of July 21, 2021 that MV Kanchan is stranded due to contamination in fuel thereby rendering the engine non-operational and no electrical power onboard, amid inclement weather. Later in evening, the master of the vessel intimated that MV Kanchan, carrying steel coils as cargo, had dropped anchor and was tilting towards Starboard (right) side.

The MRCC Mumbai instantly activated the International Safety Net (ISN) and MV Hermeez was immediately diverted towards the distressed vessel. Braving rough seas, MV Hermeez safely evacuated all the 12 crew of MV Kanchan in a swift night operation.

Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Water Lily has also been deployed by DG Shipping, Mumbai for assisting the stranded vessel. In addition, two tugs have been deployed by the vessel owners to render assistance to the vessel.

According to Coast Guard, its Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at Mumbai received information on July 21, 2021 afternoon about MV Kanchan being stranded off Umargam, Gujarat due to fuel contamination resulting its engine non-operation and the vessel being without electrical power.

The weather in area was inclement with winds gusting up to 50 Knots and waves reaching upto the height of 3-3.5 metres. “Later in evening, the master of the vessel intimated that MV Kanchan, which was carrying steel coils as cargo, had dropped anchor and listing/tilting towards Starboard (right) side,” Coast Guard said.

The MRCC then activated the International Safety Net (ISN) to identify all the vessels in vicinity to assist stranded vessel MV Kanchan. MV Hermeez in vicinity was quick to respond and immediately diverted towards distressed vessel. Braving rough seas, MV Hermeez safely evacuated all the 12 crew of MV Kanchan, in a daring night operation on July 21,2021. The rescued crew are expected to reach Mumbai by Thursday evening.

According to the Coast Guard official, there is no information about the two tugs said to have been deployed by the owners of MV Kanchan. The official added that Navarea warning has been issued cautioning other vessels about the accident spot.

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