A cargo vessel got grounded near Bharuch in the Gulf of Khambhat on Friday after the anchor cable of this vessel broke and it went adrift from Alang ship breaking yard, located across the Gulf in Gujarat.
The officials of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) are now trying to tug the vessel weighing 7000 LDT (Light Displacement Tonnage) and its 10-member engine crew back to Alang from roughly about 15 nautical miles where it lies grounded.
The incident happened on Thursday evening when the cable chain connecting the ship with its anchor broke. “The ship was lying at the anchorage for the last 1.5 years due to a pending court case. Once the anchor cable broke, the ship began to drift. The crew on the ship tried to start the engine. Thought the engine started, it stalled after sometime. Now without an anchor and engine the ship went adrift due to the strong sea current which can be as strong as 5-10 knots. An attempt was made to stop the vessel from drifting away. However, the small tug boats at Alang could not prevent the ship from drifting away. The vessel has drifted about 15 nautical miles before it has got grounded near Bharuch. It is currently in a safe condition,” said a senior GMB official requesting anonymity.