Posted on September 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indian-flagged Dredger, TRIDEVI PREM, suffered water ingress and capsized during the evening of September the 3rd, two miles from the Port of New Mangalore, India.
The Tridevi Prem originally started showing signs of water ingress during the evening of September the 1st while engaged in a dredging operation to deepen the channel around the port.
At some point in the evening, the crew of the dredger reported flooding inside the vessel’s pump room.
A repair team of seven people, including a team of divers, were immediately sent to support the distressed vessel, but the crew refused to let them start repairs and proceeded to turn off the ship’s lights.
Some hours later, at approximately 02:30 am on September the 2nd, the crew abandoned the vessel using a lifeboat, leaving the repair team behind.
The adverse weather conditions in the area made a rescue attempt challenging, but thankfully, the 13 crew members of the Tridevi Prem were successfully rescued by the patrol boat, Amartya.
A tug was then sent to the Tridevi Prim in order to rescue the repair team that had been left behind.
All 20 seafarers have been rescued and are reported to be in good health.
The Tridevi Prim proceeded to fully sink at approximately 1:30 am on September the 3rd. Local authorities have placed primary and secondary oil booms around the capsized vessel to prevent environmental pollution in case of an oil spill.
The New Mangalore Port Authority has since then filed a complaint with the Coastal Security Police against the company that operates the vessel & the crew of the Tridevi Prem, citing the Merchant Shipping act, suggesting that crew members were not allowed to abandon the vessel at the time.