Offshore Supply Vessel Catches Fire off Mumbai

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 Vessel: Vestfonn

Owner: Baker Hughes

Operated By: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), India.

Location: 200 Kms west of Mumbai coast (India)

Casualties: Nil.

A major fire broke out onboard the Offshore supply vessel “Vestfonn”, as it was sailing 200 kilometers west of Mumbai coast. It was reported that the fire broke out from the engine room and within a few minutes the situation went out of control. Upon the distress signal from the vessel, twenty-eight crew members were evacuated to safety. Five firefighters remained onboard the vessel to fight and monitor the fire which broke out in the vessel’s engine room.

Response from Indian Coast Guard & Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC):

MRCC dispatched an aircraft to the incident spot and instructed the passing vessels to offer assistance in fire fighting and rescue operation.  Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGS) Achook, Sankalp and Samudra Prahari cruised to the scene to offer assistance. It was reported that none of the crew members suffered any injuries and all were evacuated to safety. The reason for the fire is still under investigation and the vessel was towed by another ONGC vessel Malviya-24 to Mumbai port to assess the severity of damage.

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