MUSCAT, JUNE 6 – Salvage operations of four Indian dhows, which were berthed at the Port of Salalah on the previous day the Cyclone Mekunu hit the city, are currently progressing, according to the sources. These dhows which carried cargo to the region were severely damaged in the cyclone while they were berthed at the port. “Work is progressing at a quick pace, thanks to the Omani authorities and the officials of Port of Salalah. The dhows if found seaworthy and safe will be salvaged and will return to normal operations,” said a senior official from the Indian diplomatic mission.
The Indian Embassy also stated that no crew member sustained any injury due to the safety measures taken by the port. The Indian crew were provided with food and shelter among other necessities. “We are trying to render all support to the dhows and hope they will be seaworthy as soon as possible,” said Mohammed al Mashani, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Port of Salalah. There were some 20 dhows present in the Oman waters during the cyclone with 80 to 95 sailors onboard. Majority of them have recommenced sailing after their dhows were found fit. The four submerged Indian dhows have a crew of 40 sailors who have been accommodated in other dhows while salvage work progresses.
“These dhows are being salvaged and need technical expertise. The representatives of the dhow owners are already here in Salalah and they are supervising the whole segment while we are providing whatever assistance they require,” said Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador. Earlier, the Indian Navy had rescued some 38 Indians stuck on Yemen’s Socotra island after the cyclone.