The 70 meter long, 2193 dwt bulk carrierPriyanka went adrift near Revdanda, India. The Priyanka was en route from Mumbai to a dock near Revdanda with 19 metric tons of iron ore pellets. As the vessel arrived off Revdanda, conditions prevented the Priyanka to berth. The crew dropped anchor and waited for the weather to improve. A few hours later, the vessel’s anchor line parted and the Priyanka drifted towards the shore. The vessel’s cargo of iron ore shifted and the vessel listed over to port. The crew requested assistance with the Indian Coast Guard responding. Five crew on the Priyanka launched the vessel’s life raft and abandoned ship. The remaining crew were airlifted by a Coast Guard helicopter to safety. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Coast Guard was able to secure the vessel and drop anchor again.
The 112 meter long, 8733 dwt freighter Bingo was reported lost off the coast of Sagar, India. The Bingo had departed on October 11 from Haldia with 8,000 tons of iron ore bound for China. The freighter attempted to sail in rough seas resulting from Cyclone Phailin. Reports state the Bingo probably sank when it attempted to turn back towards shelter at Sagar Island. The crew was able to send out a distress call that the vessel had its cargo shift in the rough seas and the Bingo was listed 45 degrees to starboard. The crew was spotted on a liferaft but the raft drifted out of sight. The Indian Coast Guard tried to determine if they had washed ashore or rescued by another vessel. A search and rescue operation has found no trace of the vessel, but found the crew on the liferaft some 25 kilometers off Sagar Island.
The fore section of the containership MOL Comfort sank in the high seas near 19’56″N 65’25″E (water depth about 3,000m) at 19:00 on July 10 UTC (04:00 on July 11 JST). About 2,400 containers on board the fore part of the vessel sank together, while some have been confirmed floating near the site. About 1,600 metric tons of fuel oil and other oil were estimated to be in the tanks of the fore part. There is an oil film at the site, but no large volume of oil leakage has been observed at this moment. Mitsui OSK lines have reported the sinking of the fore part to the flag state of the Bahamas, Indian authorities, and other parties concerned. A salvage team was at the scene to monitor oil leakage and the status of the floating containers.