506 Passengers Stranded in Mid-sea for 24 Hours Off Vizag Coast

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On September 27, the passenger ship MV Harshavardhan developed a generator fault and as many as 506 passengers including 150 women and 50 crew members on board were stranded in the deep sea for 24 hours, around 15 to 20 nautical miles off the Vizag coast.

“The ship master has decided to sail back to Vizag Port.  We have made the arrangements at the port and the ship is expected to reach here in the wee hours of Thursday,” said Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) deputy chairman PL Harinadh.

The ship enroute to Port Blair-bound from Vizag Port developed a technical snag in one of its generator at around 1.35 pm on Tuesday after around six hours of journey.

“We have contacted the ship master number of times and offered assistance of engineers to check the snag or assistance of Navy and other departments.  But, the (ship master) kept saying that the ship would be ready for sail shortly,” said Harinadh, adding that the ship master informed that there was no problem with the electricity since other three generators were working and other supplies like food and water were also sufficient.

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Source: The New Indian Express‎

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