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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Juhu Beach Headache, M.V. PAVIT: Authorities to probe how vessel evaded the radar!

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Staff Reporter, The Hindu / MUMBAI, August 3, 2011.

Its chances of refloating are greater now. The ship was found floating in high tide: DG Shipping
Authorities will look into how m.v. Pavit, the unmanned, adrift vessel found grounded off the city's Juhu-Versova beach, evaded the radars of all the three agencies taking care of coastal security — the Navy, the Coast Guard and the marine police.
“We will see in our inquiry why in the 100 hours the ship was in Indian waters, the detection did not happen. The agencies concerned will have to look into it,” Satish Agnihotri, Director-General, Shipping, said at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government ordered a high-level probe into incident.
Mr. Agnihotri said that though the DG Shipping was informed in the beginning of July that Indian crew members were rescued from the ship in the Oman Gulf, the western media and the UKMTO (UK Maritime Trade Operations) later reported that the ship had sunk. “Thus we were not very alert about it. We don't monitor the movement of ships in the Oman Gulf. We monitor it only in the Indian waters,” he said.



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