About 30,000 barrels of oil spilled in Mumbai harbour: ICG

Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 00:35

Mumbai: The rupture in ONGC`s Mumbai-Uran
pipeline resulted in about 30,000 barrels of crude leaking
into the ocean, an Indian Coast Guard (ICG) official said
today.

According to the ICG, they received information regarding
a rupture in the pipeline, leading to leakage of crude oil, in
the morning.
"We immediately launched operation `Paryavaran Suraksha`
to mitigate the effects of the oil spill," ICG DIG Mukesh
Purohit said.

He said two ships, ICGS Sangram and C-145, which were
patrolling off the Mumbai coastline, were diverted to the area
of the oil spill for assessment and containment.

According to the Coast Guard, Dornier Aircraft were used
to carry out a preliminary assessment of the total area and
quantum of the oil spill. In addition, Pollution Control
Vehicle Samudra Prahari was used to contain and recover oil
from the area, the officials said.
He also said that reasons behind the oil spill were not
known, but ruled out any possibility of sabotage.

Meanwhile, the ICG has formally served a notice on ONGC
over the oil spill.

"We and the DG Shipping have served notice to ONGC asking
them to help us in the salvage operation. It is a normal
procedure," said Purohit.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 00:35

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