IN PARLIAMENT: MoD admits, naval ships and subs involved in 21 accidents in three years!


PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

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INQUIRY INTO ACCIDENTS INVOLVING NAVAL VESSELS

New Delhi: Phalguna 05, 1936

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

21 accidents involving Indian Navy ships and submarines have taken place during January 2012 to January 2015.

Lessons learnt from the reports of Board’s of Inquiry (BoI) are implemented appropriately.  Corrective steps have been taken by Naval Headquarters with extensive checks on weapon related safety systems and audit of Standard Operating Procedures on all operational naval units.  Safety procedures and professional checks are re-emphasized.  Incidents Study and Analysis Cells have been instituted at professional schools wherein lessons learnt are incorporated into professional training.  Safety Audits of various units are being regularly conducted.

Government has already approved a long-term submarine building plan.  Further, approval of necessity has been granted for life extension of six submarines.

The status of inquiries into these accidents is annexed.

Sl. No. Date Incident Status of Inquiry
  1. 11.03.2012 Fire on board LCU  L 38 01 officer and 02 sailors were found culpable for incident and disciplinary action has been completed against them.
  2. 08.10.2012 Fire in engine room – INFAC 83 No individual or organization was held blameworthy for the incident.
  3. 19.12.2012 Fire in AFT battery pit onboard INS Shankush No individual or organization was held responsible for the cause of fire and the incident was treated as an accident.
  4. 14.07.2013 Fire onboard INS Tarasa 03 officers and 04 sailors were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
  5. 26.07.2013 Damage to Stbd Helo hangar and other fittings of INS Delhi by Yard 12701 (Kolkata) 02 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them has been completed.
  6. 14.08.2013 Explosion in INS Sindhurakshak Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
  7. 22.09.2013 Fire onboard INS Viraat 05 officers and 01 sailor were found culpable and disciplinary action against them has been completed.
  8. 04.12.2013 Fire onboard INS Konkan 04 officer and 02 sailors were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
  9. 19.12.2013 Scraping of INS Tarkash shipside on SBW Knuckle 02 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them completed.
10. 23.12.2013 Collision of INS Talwar with unlit fishing boat 04 officers and 02 sailors were found culpable.  Disciplinary action against 03 Officers and 02 sailors completed.  Summary trial of one officer undertaken at Head Quarter Western Naval Command.
11. 08.01.2014 Crack on sonar dome of INS Betwa 03 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against two of them completed and against one officer initiated.
12. 17.01.2014 Suspended movement of INS Sindhughosh while securing to alongside berth 01 officer was found culpable and disciplinary action initiated.
13. 23.01.2014 Sea water ingress into tiller flat through a crack / hole in Ship side of INS Vipul O5 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
14. 30.01.2014 Damage to Port propeller of INS Airavat whilst entering Harbour. 02 officer was found culpable and disciplinary action initiated.
15. 26.02.2014 Incident of fire in third compartment and death of two officers onboard INS Sindhuratna 07 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
16. 07.03.2014 Accident onboard Yard 12701 (Kolkata) under construction at MDL while carrying out trials of Engine Room fire fighting system No individual or organization was held responsible for the cause of incident and the incident was treated as an accident.
17. 06.04.2014 Incident of Smouldering and thick smoke in Armoury during Hot Work of INS Matanga Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
18. 28.06.2014 Damage to port propeller of INS Kuthar while coming alongside at Port Blair. Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
19. 02.07.2014 Touching bottom of INS Cheetah while entering Kochi Harbour Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
20. 31.10.2014 Collision of INS Kora with MV Madeleine Rickmers at Sea Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
21. 06.11.2014 Sinking of TRV-72 Board of Inquiry is in progress at Head Quarter Eastern Naval Command.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri H.K. Dua in Rajya Sabha today.

DM/HH/NM

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