Cleaning ops for south Elephanta Island likely to over in week

The cleaning operation for south Elephanta Island, which was hit by the oil slick following collision of 2 cargo vessels last month will be completed in a week`s time.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 00:16 AM IST

Mumbai: The cleaning operation for southern part of Elephanta Island, which was hit by the oil slick following the collision of two Panamanian cargo vessels off the Mumbai coast last month is likely to be completed in a week`s time, a government agency said.

At the same time, no oil has been sighted leaking from MSC Chitra, which collided with MV Khalijia-III on August 7, it said.
Cleaning operations for southern part of Elephanta Island is in process and expected to be completed by September 24, a Director General of Shipping (DGS) release said here on Friday. Regular shipping movements in and out of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), during day and night are continuing unhindered, the release said.

So far, a total of 123 containers have been off-loaded of which 87 have been landed ashore on GTI terminal of JNPT, the DGS said. The authorities have also decided that navigation channel survey will continue till the time all the containers stacked on the deck of MSC Chitra are off-loaded.
Meanwhile, phosphine level of 0.1- 9 ppm has been noted across the deck of "MSC Chitra" and phosphine level of 0.05-2 ppm have been noted on the crane barge "Kuber," it said.

For the first time, phosphine levels inside the six holds of the vessel were measured which varied from 2 ppm in hold number 2 to 20 ppm in hold number 4, it added.

PTI