|7 Aug 2010|
Two merchant vessels collided this morning off the Mumbai coast resulting in an oil spill from one of the ships, Coast Guard officials said. 33 crew members were rescued following the incident, they said.
According to officials, MSC Chitra and Khalijia-III smashed with each other while sailing in the sea, five nautical miles from the Mumbai shores at 9:50 am. The outbound merchant vessel from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), collided with MV Khalijia-III, at 0950 hours yesterday when the latter was sailing towards Mumbai Port Trust (MPT), off Mumbai harbour, for berthing.
I was reminded of the many lives which have been shipwrecked when we do not give heed to the "Supreme Navigator" who is always with us. HE walks with us and talks with us. It is written in Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." And also in Romans 8:14 "because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God."
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, "if you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to you today, do not harden your harts" but submit to HIM and be at peace. Receive instruction from HIS mouth and lay up HIS words in your heart. Return to the Almighty and you will be built up, and you will remove all iniquity far from your dwelling place.