CM – Navy ship completes safety study near Colombo port


INS Sarvekshak was dispatched by the Navy on June 23 at a formal request from Sri Lanka.

The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said on Saturday that the Indian naval ship INS Sarvekshak was 800 miles of sea near the port of Colombo surveyed and a results report was sent to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Fisheries to resume safe navigation and commercial fishing.

The investigation was necessary after the Singapore-flag cargo ship MV X-Press Pearl caught fire in early June and was in This water sank.

The aim of the study was to identify underwater debris that could pose a threat to seafarers and fishermen.

“The ship Sarvekshak, which was surveyed around #MVXPressPearl off #Colombo, ran into the Port of Colombo after the 800 mile sidescan # sonar survey was completed. The ship was welcomed by the Commander of Western Naval Area, ”the High Commission wrote on Twitter.

#INSSarvekshak provides survey data to Sri Lankan authorities. Conducted in coordination with #SriLankaNavy & National Aquatic Resources Research & Development Agency (NARA), the survey would make it easier to ensure safe navigation through the port of Colombo. Https://

INS Sarvekshak, described as a state-of-the-art hydrographic survey vessel, was dispatched by the Navy on June 23 to a formal request from the Sri Lankan government to conduct a joint safety study with the Sri Lankan Navy and National Aquatic Agency for Resource research and development in the waters near and along important shipping routes in front of the port of Colombo.

On Friday, the High Commissioner of India, Gopal Baglay, presented the  » measuring sheet  » to Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda in a solemn ceremony of the survey.

The  » fairsheet  » identified 54 underwater debris and one shipwreck. The survey data will be used to advise seafarers and fishermen as well as salvage workers on removing debris, reported the online news portal Colombo Page.

Minister Devananda thanked the Indian government for the quick response to their request for a joint study. According to the daily, he praised India for its vision of SAGAR (security and growth for all in the region).

The continued aid to Sri Lanka in recent maritime incidents has demonstrated India’s « neighborhood policy first, » the High Commission said.

INS Sarvekshak has surveyed 807 miles of sea using side-scan sonar technology, built-in sensors and two survey boats, the news website said. The ship’s crew worked day and night to process the data to meet the urgent need.

The welcoming ceremony was attended by the Minister of State for Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekara, the Secretary of the Fisheries Ministry RM Rathnayaka and the Chairman of Sri Lankan Port Control, Captain Nihal Keppetipola, part.

The cargo ship MS X-Press Pearl was carrying 1,486 containers of chemicals and cargo when it went up in flames near the port of Colombo on May 21. The Sri Lankan Navy, Air Force and Indian Coast Guard put out the fire together in a day-long operation.

In addition to the 325 tons of fuel in the tanks, the ship was loaded with 25 tons of dangerous nitric acid.

(This story did not Edited by NDTV staff and automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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