Passenger ship Harshavardhana with 530 people adrift in Bay of Bengal

Passenger ship HarshavardhanaThe passenger ship Harshavardhana with 480 passengers and 50 crew lost propulsion power after diesel generator failure off Visakhapatnam, India. The vessel was en route from Chennai to Port Blair, but lost power and remained adrift in Bay of Bengal. The crew reported about the accident, but not requesting assistance as there is no immediate danger for the passengers on board. The vessel has enough supplies on board to provide food and fresh water. The engineers on board of the passenger ship Harshavardhana are working to repair the troubled diesel generator and to restart the propulsion power. The weather is moderate and vessel is stable enough, not to need of urgent salvage.

The Indian navy ship INS Kuthar is standing by and monitoring the troubled passenger vessel, ready to react in case of emergency. The local authorities will ask a special survey and inspection of the ship at the next port of arrival. There are no injuried people and no water pollution.

The passenger ship Harshavardhana (IMO: 7219026) has overall length of 132.60 m, moulded beam of 21.50 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 5,269 DWT and the gross tonnage is 9,700 GRT. The ship was built in 1974 by Mazagon Dock in Mumbai, India. The owner and operator of the passenger ship Harshavardhana is Shipping Corporation of India.