However, no one was injured and there was no damage to Viraat, which is here as part of its periodic and scheduled maintenance, the sources said.
The incident occurred yesterday as German cruise liner 'Celebrity Solistice', which had arrived here on Saturday with about 2800 tourists and 1250 crew, was about to embark on its journey for Port Klang, Malaysia.
The boat driver said he was unaware of the presence of the cruise liner, which also allegedly failed to sound a siren before starting its journey, Kerala State Water Transport Department sources said.
It is suspected the boat got caught in waves generated by propellers of the liner and rammed into the naval vessel.
The boat was on its way to Ernakulam jetty from Fort Kochi.
The KSWTD has ordered an enquiry.
INS Viraat will be in Kochi for a few months.
Come on India you need to protect the Navy Vessels.A few years back a ship sunk.Change your strategy Indian Navy.Jai Hind.
as we know in past,Mumbai also witnessed such incidents blocking mumbai port due to such major acaidents by dubai based ships or dubai based drivers,who may be sponsored by Dawood ibrahim,supported by ISI,supported by pakistan or chins the real think tank behind it?what our CBI sleeping?or use dfor political affaiars in india itself
Even if the boat was drawn towards the naval vessel by the waves generated by the liner, one wonders how secure our defence vehicles and armaments are. Generally one would except naval vessels to be parked at a very safe distance from other vessels. So now its clear that it would be a sitting duck for terrorists.
dear editor, If thge media report is true then it means this is due to NAVIGATIONAL ErROr and the concerned ib both vessels must be charsheeted as there was no reason why there for a collison The irresponsible captains must be held responsibe for this accident dated Monday November 19th 2012 time 1125Hrs ist