The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Rameshwar Teli in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today informed that the total 86 personnel lost their lives due to the sinking of vessels deployed for ONGC projects during cyclone Tauktae.
ONGC had advised all the vessels including Barge P-305 to move out of the field to safe location. The Barge also confirmed it. Keeping in view safety of vessel and persons on board, Barge Master decided to position the vessel at nearby location. However, the anchors of vessel gave way leading to stranding and subsequent submerging of the vessel.
To enquire into the sequence of the events leading to the stranding of vessels and accidents, the Government has constituted a High Level Committee consisting of following members:
In addition to above, another Two Member committee consisting of Director General-Shipping and Additional Secretary (Exploration) Ministry of petroleum and Natural Gas has been constituted to look into reforms required in terms and conditions for hiring vessels and amendments, if required.
ONGC has also taken following measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents:-
News Source : PIB