On April 9, the barge Tofa Arif 4 sank on the Hooghly River near Kulpi, West Bengal, India. The barge was returning to Bangladesh after loading fly ash at Kolaghat when it was caught in a storm. The crew anchored the barge to ride out the storm, but another vessel collided with it and its anchor line parted. The barge went adrift and the vessel sustained water ingress. The Tofa Arif 4 continued to drift until it became stuck on a sandbar. The Tofa Arif 4 later sank on the high tide. All eight crew members were rescued and placed in quarantine (covid-19 protocols). No reports of injuries. Authorities have reported concerns the fly ash pollution has been released into the river.
A barge allided and sunk on the Muriganga River near Kachubaria Ghat. The barge had struck a high-voltage power tower resulting in hull damage and water ingress. The 10 crew on board were safely rescued from a rescue boat from Swamiji Sangha. The barge would partially sink adjacent to the tower. No reports of injuries.
The 157 meter long passenger cargo vessel Swaraj Dweep suffered water ingress in the Bay of Bengal off Car Nicobar Island, India. The vessel had 250 passengers bound for Nancowry when the vessel sprung a leak in cargo hold 2. The vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding and was in danger of sinking. The crew requested assistance with the Indian Coast Guard vessel responding. The Coast Guard provided a dewatering pump which was able to dewater the cargo hold and bring the flooding under control. Another vessel was dispatched to the scene to unload the passengers off the Swaraj Dweep. No reports of injuries.
On April 4, the 156 meter long, 4963 dwt passenger cargo vessel Nicobar ran aground on the Hooghly River near Kolkata, India. The Nicobar was departing Kolkata when ran aground blocking the channel. The passenger vessel was able to free itself and returned to Kolkata where it was inspected for damage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.