INS Sukanya reached Male Friday evening (05 Dec 2014) and transferred around 25 Tons of fresh water to water tankers and sintex tanks positioned on the jetty by the Maldivian authorities. Thereafter the ship moved to anchorage and produced another 15 tons of fresh water during the day i.e. today 06 Dec 14. This fresh water would be transferred ashore by water barges arranged by Maldivian authorities and subsequently to water tankers etc on the jetty.
INS Sukanya, an offshore patrol vessel, on a routine patrol off Kochi was diverted to reach Male at the earliest to render necessary assistance and all the possible help to Maldivian authorities. The ship has has two Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants onboard which have a capacity of producing 20 tonnes of fresh water per day.
Another Indian Naval tanker INS Deepak, which was sailed from Mumbai on 05 Dec 2014 with 800 Tons of fresh water is scheduled to reach Male by noon tomorrow (07 Dec 14). She would also transfer the fresh water on to the water barges at anchorage. The ship is capable of producing 100 Tons of fresh water by the Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants fitted on board.
It may be recalled that a major fire broke out at the Male Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) generator control panel on 04 Dec 14, causing extensive damage to the cabling of the generator to the Distillation plants and disconnection of water supply.