Big Ship.Vessel SUVARNA SWARAJYA at Arabian Sea near Elephanta Island.Mumbai,India.Ships.Boat Ride
Big Ship.Vessel SUVARNA SWARAJYA at Arabian Sea on the way of Elephenta Island, Mumbai, India.
The ship MT SUVARNA SWARAJYA (IMO: 9170432, MMSI: 419212000) is a Oil tanker registered in India. The vessel MT SUVARNA SWARAJYA has a deadweight of 30005 tonnes and was built in 1998. The gross tonnage is 21827.
GENERAL VESSEL INFORMATION
173 m x 26 m
6.2 m / 8.0 m /
Indian Captain Radhika Menon rewrites world history by becoming the first woman to receive an IMO Bravery at Sea award for saving seven fishermen.
Captain Radhika Menon has a knack for creating history. In 2011, she made history by becoming the first woman to captain a ship in the Indian Merchant Navy. She has done it yet again.This time, she will be immortalised in the pages of global history, becoming the first woman in the world, to receive the IMO Award for Bravery at Sea, when she rescued and saved the lives of seven fishermen stranded in the Bay of Bengal.
The government of India nominated her for the ninth edition of the prestigious International Maritime Organisation awards, for valourously rescuing all seven fishermen who were battling impossible odds when their boat, Durgamma, capsized following engine failure and loss of anchor in severely stormy weather, last June.
The fishing boat ‘Durgamma’ was caught in a storm and barely staying afloat after engine failure and loss of anchor because of harsh sea weather. The boat, originally from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, drifted to Gopalpur off the coast of Odisha. The seven stranded fishermen – ranging from the 15-year-old Perla Mahesh to 50-year-old Narasimha Murthy – were surviving on ice from the cold storage because their food supplies had been washed away with the storm.
Captain Radhika Menon was second in command aboard the oil tanker Sampurna Swarajya when she spotted the vessel 2.5 km away, and called to order a treacherous rescue operation. “Through wave heights of more than 25 feet, winds of more than 60 knots and heavy rain, on June 22, the second officer on the Sampurna Swarajya spotted the boat 2.5 kilometres away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Odisha. Captain Menon immediately ordered a rescue operation, utilising the pilot ladder and with life jackets on standby,” the Shipping Ministry said in a statement.
The annual award was established by IMO to provide international recognition for those who perform acts of exceptional bravery, “in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment,” often risking their own lives.
The IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session in London, endorsed the decision of a panel of Judges that Captain Menon displayed great determination and courage in leading the difficult rescue operation, the statement said.
The ceremony where she will be bestowed the honour is set to take place at the IMO Headquarters in London on November 21 later this year.
Watercraft are water-borne vehicles including ships, boats, hovercraft and submarines. Watercraft usually have propulsive capability (whether by sail, oar or engine) and hence are distinct from a simple device that merely floats, such as a log raft.
Elephanta Island (also called Gharapuri Island or place of caves or Pory Island) is one of a number of islands in Mumbai Harbour, east of Mumbai, India.
The island is easily accessible by ferry from Mumbai, being about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the south east coast of the island city. Boats leave daily from the Gateway of India, taking about an hour each way. The tickets for these can be bought at the Gateway itself. The first ferry leaves at 9 am and the last at 2 pm. From the boat landing stage on the island, a walkway leads to steps that go up to the famous caves.
There is also a narrow-gauge toy train from the boat area on the dock to the base of the steps leading up to the caves (about 600 meters). Along the path, hawkers sell souvenirs like necklaces, anklets, showpieces and keychains. There are also stalls to buy food and drinks. Small monkeys play along the sides of the path, occasionally thieving items from the hawkers, trashcans and tourists.
It has a population of about 1,200. The inhabitants are mainly involved in growing rice, fishing, and repairing boats. There are two British-era cannons at the top. Quite recently, a small dam has been built so as to hold rainwater but that part of the island is privately owned and not accessible for tourists.
There are a total of three villages: Shentbandar, Morabandar, and Rajbandar, of which Rajbandar is the capital.