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SHIP NAME: ICL Vikraman KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 6
source Japan FSA
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Broke in two and sank after collision with OBO MV Mount I off Port Dickson in lat 02.18N, long 101.51E on 26/9/97 in poor visibility. Vessel sank in 19 m water. Unknown hold flooded. Steel coils loaded.


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Sank after collision in Malacca Strait with OBO Mount 1 while carrying steel to Singapore.


source Debasish Dey
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The ICL Vikraman (Indian-registry 31,734-gt, 55,851-dwt bulk carrier built in 1979, homeported at Madras and operated by India Cements Ltd.) sank at 2300 26 Sept. in the Strait of Malacca near Tanjung Tuan, Malaysia, after colliding with the empty Mount 1 (85,963-gt, 161,805-dwt motor combination ship built in 1973) at 02 degrees 18.5 minutes north, 101 degrees 51 minutes east. Twenty-eight crewmembers of the ICL Vikraman and a 2-year-old boy are missing and five were rescued. The ICL Vikraman sank after breaking in half. The ship was hit on the starboard side amidships and top of its mast with a radar and antennas is visible above the water. The Mount 1 suffered a large hole near the watermark above the bulbous bow and anchored at Port Dickson, Malaysia. The five rescued from the ICL Vikraman include a cadet, Carthic Visakhapatnam, 21; the second engineer, Sanabala Kamaraju and his wife, S. Neezima; the electrician, S. Puroshomyaman; and another crewmember, V. Baharani. The missing 2-year-old boy is the son of Kamaraju and Neezima. The five were rescued by the Laemthong Glory (Thai-registry 15,069-dwt dry cargo ship built in 1976, operated by Neptune Orient Lines Ltd.) and the Royal Malaysian Navy's Kasturi-class Frigate K.D. Lekir (26). The ICL Vikraman was sailing from Antwerp, Belgium, to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with steel products while the Mount 1 was sailing in ballast from India to Singapore.

This collision happened during the worst smog in the Malacca Strait. This smog was due to forest fires in Indonesia, which persisted over couple of weeks during that time.


source Sreenivasa Rao
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I have also tried to search something on this case with very little luck. As you correctly said, Mount I was going to the breakers, hence in lousy condition. But I understand that even ICL Vikraman was not seaworthy. Cargo interests were able to claim from the Owners of ICL Vikraman for unseaworthiness.


source Venkataraman Rajagopal
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Statements say there was a steering failure. Did this happen? How? ICL Vikraman, still brings tears in our eyes. Many of us have lost some one near and dear to us. Well for me, the best carpenter ( chippy), infact, the state of the art, Mr.Karunanidi. To know more may be the elec officer who survived can throw some light, He is Mr.Purushotaman from Kerala.


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Surely there with 29 Indians killed on an Indian ship there was an Indian investigation, but CTX has been unable to locate any report.

Mount I was on way to breakers. We can be confident that the ship was in poor condition. Owner is Five Star Shipping of Pakistan, so presumably was already bought by breakers and possibly sailing under a crew unfamiliar with the ship. Both going same direction, yet one ship gets T-boned. Poor visibility alone cannot explain this kind of collision.

Best guess is some sort of steering failure, but we desperately need more info.