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    Salvage operations of fire-hit submarine to cost Rs 500cr

    MUMBAI: The operation to salvage the sunken submarine INS Sindhurakshak is estimated to cost Rs 500 crore and take a while since 90% of the ordnance on the vessel is still intact, according to military sources.

    Five companies are currently engaged in sending trained divers into the sea to determine various possible methods of salvaging the 16-year-old vessel that sank at the naval dockyard mid-August after a series of explosions.

    A suggestion to get a massive 4,000-tonne crane to lift the sub was set aside because it would have to be procured from abroad for $4 million a month. Also, to get it into the dockyard would require dredging that could cause vibrations that may possible set off the ordnance on board the sub.

    Senior sources in the military establishment told TOI that about 10% of the torpedoes and on board the Kilo-class submarine exploded on the night of August 13 before it sank at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.

    Since there is a "dreaded possibility" of the rest going off, sources said, the navy is proceeding "very, very carefully" with the salvage ops. Five firms are currently engaged in sending trained divers into the sea to determine various possible methods of salvaging the
    16-year-old vessel. The operation, sources said, is likely to last a while and cost around Rs 500 crore, including the salvage companies' fees.

    India had bought the submarine in 1997 for $113 million and recently got it refitted for $156 million (around Rs 800 crore). With the salvage operation now expected to cost around a third of the total spend on the sub, some officials are wondering if the navy should follow a tender process.

    A senior naval officer said on condition of anonymity: "The Indian military cannot call a tender to sell, or dispose of, the sub because that runs the risk of the client or undertaker learning the secrets of the ordnance on board other Indian submarines. So the expenses will be borne by the military. The salvage operation will take at the very least a month due to its sensitive nature."

    The Indian Navy spokespersons in Delhi and Kochi were unavailable for comment. The spokesperson in Mumbai did not respond to calls and text messages on Friday.

    "It is not that the remaining missiles can go off with a slight jerk or fall. Nevertheless, care has to be taken to ensure that the locks of the ordnance fitted to the chamber stay intact. If unlocked, blasts can possibly get triggered," said a source.

    Days after INS Sindhurakshak sank, a suggestion was made to get a massive 4,000-tonne crane to lift it from its resting place on the seabed. The proposal did not, however, find support among naval authorities for several reasons. Since such a crane is not available in India, it has to be procured from Singapore, Korea or Japan for $4 million a month. Also, such a crane will reportedly not be able to enter through the naval dockyard's entry points, necessitating a dredging operation. The navy is afraid that vibrations caused by the dredging might set off explosions in the sunken submarine.

    Sources said normal gas cutters cannot be used to cut the vessel since it can trigger blasts. So, equipment using water jet technology will be required, which can cost $8 million. The technology's operators, who charge $2,000 a day, too will have to be called from abroad.

    "The world's advanced navies have emergency salvage ops systems. However, the Indian Navy has to depend on companies," said a source.

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    Re: Salvage operations of fire-hit submarine to cost Rs 500cr

    A Monetary, PR nightmare for the Indian Navy

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    Salvaging the sunken indian submarine - INS Sindhurakshak

    MUMBAI: The operation to salvage the sunken submarine INS Sindhurakshak is estimated to cost Rs 500 crore and take a while since 90% of the ordnance on the vessel is still intact, according to military sources.

    Five companies are currently engaged in sending trained divers into the sea to determine various possible methods of salvaging the 16-year-old vessel that sank at the naval dockyard mid-August after a series of explosions.

    A suggestion to get a massive 4,000-tonne crane to lift the sub was set aside because it would have to be procured from abroad for $4 million a month. Also, to get it into the dockyard would require dredging that could cause vibrations that may possible set off the ordnance on board the sub.

    Senior sources in the military establishment told TOI that about 10% of the torpedoes and on board the Kilo-class submarine exploded on the night of August 13 before it sank at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.

    Since there is a "dreaded possibility" of the rest going off, sources said, the navy is proceeding "very, very carefully" with the salvage ops. Five firms are currently engaged in sending trained divers into the sea to determine various possible methods of salvaging the
    16-year-old vessel. The operation, sources said, is likely to last a while and cost around Rs 500 crore, including the salvage companies' fees.

    India had bought the submarine in 1997 for $113 million and recently got it refitted for $156 million (around Rs 800 crore). With the salvage operation now expected to cost around a third of the total spend on the sub, some officials are wondering if the navy should follow a tender process.

    A senior naval officer said on condition of anonymity: "The Indian military cannot call a tender to sell, or dispose of, the sub because that runs the risk of the client or undertaker learning the secrets of the ordnance on board other Indian submarines. So the expenses will be borne by the military. The salvage operation will take at the very least a month due to its sensitive nature."

    The Indian Navy spokespersons in Delhi and Kochi were unavailable for comment. The spokesperson in Mumbai did not respond to calls and text messages on Friday.

    "It is not that the remaining missiles can go off with a slight jerk or fall. Nevertheless, care has to be taken to ensure that the locks of the ordnance fitted to the chamber stay intact. If unlocked, blasts can possibly get triggered," said a source.

    Days after INS Sindhurakshak sank, a suggestion was made to get a massive 4,000-tonne crane to lift it from its resting place on the seabed. The proposal did not, however, find support among naval authorities for several reasons. Since such a crane is not available in India, it has to be procured from Singapore, Korea or Japan for $4 million a month. Also, such a crane will reportedly not be able to enter through the naval dockyard's entry points, necessitating a dredging operation. The navy is afraid that vibrations caused by the dredging might set off explosions in the sunken submarine.

    Sources said normal gas cutters cannot be used to cut the vessel since it can trigger blasts. So, equipment using water jet technology will be required, which can cost $8 million. The technology's operators, who charge $2,000 a day, too will have to be called from abroad.

    "The world's advanced navies have emergency salvage ops systems. However, the Indian Navy has to depend on companies," said a source.


    http://articles.timesofindia.indiati...ear-old-vessel

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