Barge Papaa-305, which sank off the coast of Mumbai in May killing more than 80 people on board, had all safety and airworthiness certificates when it fell victim to the crash, the crash said on Wednesday. Junior Minister of Petroleum Rameswar Teli to Rajya Sabha.
On May 16, Cyclone Tauktae – a storm with the intensity of a Category 3 hurricane – tore the anchors of barge Papaa 305 and struck it on an offshore platform, killing 261 people on board. Many of them were saved.
“The Papaa-305 barge was built in 2004,” he said in a written response to a question posed in the Upper House of Parliament. Indian regulations allow able-bodied barges to sail for up to 35 years.
“The specifications of the barge have been reviewed and technical acceptance has been given by Engineers India Ltd”, said the minister. “In accordance with standard protocol, a joint safety audit of the barge Papaa-305 was carried out on October 23, 2020 by a team made up of representatives of CGSB, a safety officer from Certification of Engineers India Ltd (CEIL) , a Master Mariner from the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and contractor’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) representative.