Navy floats ten­der for Sind­hu­rak­shak sal­vage


The In­dian Navy has called for pro­fes­sional help to sal­vage the INS Sind­hu­rak­shak sub­ma­rine, which sank in its berth at the Mum­bai dock­yard on the in­ter­ven­ing night of Au­gust 13 and 14. Pro­fes­sional salvers in­clud­ing Ti­tan Sal­vage, Smit, Ocean Cen­tre Div­ing, Ari­hant Divers, Graph Tech Ma­rine and Duke Off­shore have re­sponded to the Navy’s call, and sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als on how to sal­vage the sub­ma­rine.

Ac­cord­ing to as­sess­ments con­ducted by the Navy over the last three weeks, the Sind­hu­rak­shak is al­most def­i­nitely a write­off, with ma­jor struc­tural dam­age, rup­tures to the outer hull, com­plete de­struc­tion of all sys­tems, and the sheer lack of econ­omy that re­pair­ing such ex­ten­sive dam­age would en­tail. While Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi had ini­tially said that it was per­haps pos­si­ble to re­store the Sind­hu­rak­shak to its ear­lier state, un­der­wa­ter as­sess­ments by navy divers and as­sess­ment teams have ruled out that pos­si­bil­ity.

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