Posted on October 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indian-flagged Hopper Dredger, BHAGVATI PREM ran aground due to adverse weather conditions, in the wake of the Cyclone Kyarr.
The incident occurred during the late evening hours of October the 28th while the vessel was operating north of Mangalore, Western India.
The anchor vessel snapped, and the vessel drifted close to the Suratkal-Mukka coast, grounding itself in the shallows.
As a result of the grounding, the vessel suffered a hull breach and started experiencing water ingress.
Following the incident, the 15 seafarers working aboard the Bhagvati Prem were evacuated successfully.
The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) then took control of the vessel and brought it to rest at the shore.
According to NMPT, this was done to avoid the vessel from sinking, and in order to minimize any possible damage done to the local marine environment.
Local fishermen and environmentalists have expressed concern that the dredger would be scrapped on the beach itself, but Indian authorities have assured the public that this will not be the case.
According to India’s Directorate General of Shipping, a Mumbai-based salvaging company has been hired to remove the beached vessel from the area.