A team from Threat Resolution Limited (TRLtd) are currently in Mumbai as part of an International Consortium in the bid process for the salvage of the INS Sindhurakshak which sank in Mumbai harbour in August after a fire and series of explosions.
The TRLtd team, which consists of experienced Clearance Divers and munitions experts are making an on-site assessment of the situation and devising options for the safe recovery of munitions remaining on-board.
INS Sindhurakshak (Sanskrit, for protector of the seas) was a Russian-made Kilo-class (Sindhughosh-class) diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy. Commissioned on 24 December 1997, it was the ninth of the ten Kilo-class submarines in the Indian Navy. On 4 June 2010, the Indian Defence Ministry and Zvezdochka shipyard signed a contract worth US$80 million to upgrade and overhaul the submarine. After the overhaul, it returned to India from Russia between May and June 2013.
The submarine suffered a minor fire incident in 2010 and a major one on 14 August 2013, which resulted in its sinking at Mumbai’s naval dockyard. At the time of its sinking, there were reportedly 18 crew members on board whom all tragically died in the incident.