ONGC Supply Vessel Sinks Offshore India

An ONGC-owned Offshore Supply Vessel Samudrika-10, operating in Bassein & Satellite field offshore India started taking in water and sank around 1230 hours on July 9, 2007. The vessel is operated by M/s SICAL under an Operation & Maintenance contract. Out of the 14 manifested crewmembers, nine have been rescued. All out efforts are being made with the help of one chopper and three vessels in search and rescue operations. Samudrika-10 was operating in the sea at 56 nautical miles from ONGC's Nhava Supply Base at the time of the incident.

This being one of the fleet of around 60 OSVs deployed for material supplies to offshore operations, loss of the OSV will not have any significant impact on operations. The insured value of the vessel is likely to be in the range of US $2-$3 million.

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