14 April 2015

Crews rescued from two scrap ships off Alang:

Seventeen crew members have been rescued from two ships that ran into trouble on their way to a ship recycling yard at Alang, India.

The ships are described by Indian media as Yemeni- or Omani-flagged. The two vessels were anchored 15 n miles from the Gujarat coast awaiting final clearance to enter the Alang-Sosiya Ship Recycling Yard.

Video footage shows that one was a general cargo vessel with the name Abdullah and port of registry, Panama, roughly painted above a crudely obliterated former name. The other vessel is reported to have been called Ayman or Amanna. A 271 gt, 1978-built general cargo vessel called Ayman is listed as flagged to the United Arab Emirates.

The three-hour rescue operation began when the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) received reports that Abdullah had dragged its anchor and run aground. At about the same time, Ayman began taking on water and started listing in rough seas and high winds.

Of the 17 crew members rescued by the ICG and Pipavav Marine Police, 10 were Pakistani, five Yemeni, one Indian, and one Iraqi.

ICG Commandant Atul Saxena, quoted by The Indian Express, said: "MV Ayman has capsized 8.5 n miles off Shiyal Bet, the other has run aground. We have sent our team to the spot again to see if there is any oil leakage."

Source: ihs maritime 3600. 7 April 2015

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