Navy floats tender for Sindhurakshak salvage

By SP's Special Correspondent September 09, 2013 Photo(s): By DPR Defence

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 write-off, 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.