Hyderabad: The Indian Navy provided assistance to a stranded cargo ship as it was drifting in the Gulf of Oman owing to failure of its propulsion, power generation machinery, and navigational equipment.

On 11 March, INS Talwar deployed in the 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 9 March.

"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," said the Indian Navy.

The naval teams worked continuously for seven hours onboard MV Nayan to operationalize 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 operationalizing navigation equipment like GPS and navigation lights before MV Nayan could proceed for her next port," added the Navy.



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