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SCI’s vessel ‘Desh Shanti’ rescues 7 Indians in Gulf of Oman

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Date: 04/02/2017
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The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) owned Suezmax tanker ‘Desh Shanti’ (IMO No. 9263746) was involved in a rescue operation on 03rd February 2017 in the Gulf of Oman, approximately 50 nautical miles off Fujairah, saving seven (07) Indians from the dhow ‘FRTK-1’.

The rescue operation was carried out under boisterous weather conditions, strong winds gusting up to 50-60 Knots and very high sea swell. The rescue was meticulously planned saving all the 07 souls onboard the dhow.

‘Desh Shanti’ received distress call from the dhow ‘FRTK-1’ requesting immediate assistance. The distress call reported flooding of the engine compartment of the dhow. At that time ‘Desh Shanti’ was about 11 nautical miles from ‘FRTK-1’. Upon receipt of distress call, Capt. Devendra Kumar, Master of ‘Desh Shanti’ intimated SCI Head Office and immediately diverted the vessel to provide assistance to ‘FRTK-1’. The condition on FRTK-1 deteriorated; vessel developed list & main engine malfunctioned. Considering that the dhow was unlikely to stay afloat for long, the rescue operation was meticulously planned, pilot ladder and scrambling net was rigged on the port side to facilitate picking up of personnel from FRTK1. All seven 07 personnel were provided with medical attention, clothing and good care / counsel by the ship staff of ‘Desh Shanti’. The owners of ‘FRTK-1’ were informed of the rescue and the next port of call.

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