Indian Coast Guard Ship Sankalp Rescues MV Asian Forest Crew

by OldSailor on July 28, 2009


On the morning of July 17, MV Asian Forest left New Mangalore Port with 13,000 tonnes of iron ore to China. Within two hours of leaving harbour, due to bad weather, the ship started listing dangerously and finally the all Chinese crew had to abandon the vessel. In response to the distress call made by the vessel, Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sankalp rendered all necessary assistance to the vessel and her crew.

Some interesting features of the rescue and ICGS Sankalp are: MV_Asian_Forest
MV Asian Forest crew rescue (Image credit – P & F Marine Co., Ltd):

  • 13 crew members out of 18 of the vessel could manage to reach the shore by lifeboat as the incident occurred about 15 nautical miles from shore.
  • The five officers including the captain, abandoned the vessel finally when the vessel listed around 50 degrees to port, and were brought to shore by ICGS Sankalp.
  • All necessary medical assistance was provided.
  • The vessel is operated by P & F Marine Co., Ltd.

ICGS Sankalp:

  • 5th Advance Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of the Indian Coast Guard. ICGS_Sankalp
  • Designed and built indigenously by M/s Goa Shipyard Limited and was commissioned at Goa on May 20, 2008.
  • Capable of embarking the Advanced  Light Helicopter (ALH) and has Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), High Power External fire fighting system.
  • 105 metres long, 2300 tons, propelled by 8000 HP Twin Diesel Engine to maximum speed of 25 knots and has an endurance of 6500 nautical miles.
  • Manned by 12 Officers and 94 men under the command of DIG KS Sheoran, TM and is based at Mumbai under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West).

View a video clip: from Videos From India – Crew of China bound sinking ship rescued off Mangalore.

For complete report of rescue and photographs, log on to Mangaloremithr.

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