Mumbai: The Arabian Sea near Mumbai has earned the dubious distinction of fast becoming a centre of maritime mishaps. In the past 18 months, more than half a dozen mishaps have been reported. It is not a matter of concern for the financial capital Mumbai but also an alarming sign for the nation’s security.

Few days back, a Panamanian ship sank off the Mumbai coast. Barely four days back, another Panamanian ship had arrived uninvited at Juhu beach.

It has been observed that either ships are sinking in Arabian sea near Mumbai or abandoned vessels are arriving uninvited at the coast.

Highlighting the past incidents, an Indian coastguard ship ICGS Vivek sunk in the Arabian Sea on March 23, 2010 after a collision with a Merchant Navy ship MV Global Purity.

Just a few months later on August 7, severe collision of two Merchant Navy ships: MV MSC Chitra and MV AI Khalijia-3 resulted in massive oil–spill rising leading to huge outcry among the Mumbaikers.

In the same month at Indira Port, a small ship Nand Hajara was tilted to 7 degrees on being hit by another ship.

Another big blow came on January 31, 2011 when a major Indian Navy ship submerged in the Sea on being hit by Merchant Navy ship MV Nardlock coming from Cyprus.

Inviting huge crowd of onlookers, 26-year-old scrap MV Wisdom separated from its carrier ship en route while being taken to Gujarat and stuck at the Juhu Beach for days.

(JPN/Bureau)