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MUMBAI COAST: Abandoned ship M.T. Pavit's sea journey being 're-created'!

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August 5, 2011 / IANS, Mumbai / DC.

Taking a serious view of the grounding of the abandoned tanker M.T. Pavit at Versova Beach (north-west Mumbai), the Indian maritime authorities have begun a 're-creation' of the journey of the vessel in the past nearly five weeks, a maritime official said here on Friday.

The Directorate-General of Shipping (DGS) has also sought details of the Panama-flagged vessel, from its owners M/S. Pavit Shipping Lines, and its managers, M/s. Prime Tankers, both in Dubai and its insurers, said the official, requesting anonymity.

The investigations would include examination of the 'currents charts' and 'wind pattern' reports to study how and why the vessel drifted to the Mumbai coast, he said.

The maritime authorities will also check the position or movements of Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Coastal Police patrol vessels within a 12 nautical miles distance - over which Indian security authorities have jurisdiction - since M.T. Pavit reached here virtually unnoticed and sprang a surprise on the authorities here.

After it developed an engine snag following a fire and water ingression, the vessel was abandoned by its crew off Rak-Al-Madrakah along the Oman coast on June 29.

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