Indian Navy Provides Technical Assistance to a Stranded Merchant Vessel at Sea

March 12, 2021 Photo(s): By PRO(Navy)
INS Talwar approaching to offer assistance to the stranded vessel MV Nayan during her deployment in the Gulf of Oman on March 11, 20211

On March 11, 2021, INS Talwar deployed in Gulf of Oman, received a broadcast call from a stranded merchant cargo ship MV Nayan requesting for technical assistance. The cargo ship, on transit from Oman to Iraq, was drifting at sea since March 9, 2021 owing to failure of its propulsion, power generation machinery and navigational equipment.

Based on preliminary aerial assessment about the distress of MV Nayan, the Indian Naval Ship dispatched its VBSS (Visit Board, Search and Seizure) team along with a technical team by boat to offer assistance to the vessel that had seven Indians as her crew. The naval teams worked continuously for seven hours onboard MV Nayan to operationalise her equipment viz. both Generators, Steering Pump, Sea Water Pump, Compressor and Main Engine thereby making the vessel seaworthy again.

The naval team also assisted in operationalising navigation equipment like GPS and navigation lights before MV Nayan could proceed for her next port.

The crew of INS Talwar offering technical assistance to operationalise the machinery of MV Nayan
The crew of INS Talwar with the relieved crew of MV Nayan comprising seven Indians after successfully operationalising her machinery