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 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.
A ferry hit a sandbank and sank on the Muriganga river south of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The ferry was carrying approximately 220 passengers onboard. Reports place 90 survivors, 79 deaths and 50 as missing. Nearby fishermen were able to rescue some passengers from the water, but many were swept down the fast moving river.