Indian Coast Guard JSW MV extends assistance to Mihirgad of Kasaragod
On 17 Jun 21, MV JSW Mihirgad built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) while on its maiden voyage from Kochi to Jaigarh suffered total power failure resulting in blackout conditions onboard.
The 122m long vessel with 14 crew owned by JSW Shipping suffered failure of all three Diesel Alternators as well as backup generator necessitating the ship to drop anchor about 4.5 NM off Kasargod in emergency and raise distress call to its shipbuilders M/s Cochin shipyard and other authorities.
In addition to loss of propulsion system, lighting and forced ventilation due to total power failure, the crew was unable to prepare food or make water through onboard RO systems adding to their difficulties.
On receipt of information, a situational assessment was undertaken by ICG District Headquarters at New Mangalore for safe embarkation of technical team ex- CSL. Due to the prevailing adverse sea conditions with high swell, embarkation of technical team for defect rectification was not feasible using boats and helicopter was considered a safe option. On 18 Jun 21, Coast Guard Helo CG 817 airlifted the deputed technical staff from New Mangalore for undertaking the defect rectification on power generation system to restore the ships power.
ICGS Varaha in area was also deployed immediately in early morning on 18 Jun 21 to monitor the situation and extend towing assistance in case the vessel starts drifting towards coast due to anchor not holding in rough weather.
ICG also continuously tracked the vessel through its Coastal Security Network (CSN). With the timely assistance provided by ICG, the defect onboard MV JSW Mihirgad was rectified and the vessel could safely enter New Mangalore harbour at about 0200hrs on 19 Jun today under own propulsion. True to its Motto of ‘We Protect’, ICG’s swift and timely response led to saving of 14 precious lives onboard as also averting a potential environmental disaster.