READ IT YOURSELF: Navy’s official statement on the fire onboard the INS Matanga


At about 3:00 PM (1500 hrs) on 06 April 2014, there was a minor incident of smoldering and smoke observed on board Indian Naval Ship Matanga (an ocean going tug) which is undergoing repairs at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. The private firm working on board was carrying out steel welding in the Sewage Treatment Plant compartment when insulating material in the adjacent compartment started smoldering and emitting thick smoke. It was promptly detected by the duty personnel on site and the situation was brought under control by the ships staff with assistance from Naval Dockyard fire station.

It is confirmed that there is no injury to any personnel on board nor any material damage.

An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

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