No further oil seepage from MSC Chitra: DGS

The Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) on Wednesday said no further seepage of oil has been reported from the cargo ship MSC Chitra since August 9.

Mumbai: The Directorate General of Shipping
(DGS) on Wednesday said no further seepage of oil has been reported
from the cargo ship MSC Chitra since August 9.

A minor leakage was, however, observed from port midship
with black or brown coloured trail extending upto approx 0.2
nautical miles, a DGS statement said.

Two Panamanian cargo ships -- MSC Chitra and MV
Khalija-111 -- collided off the Mumbai coast on Saturday
resulting in a major oil spill from one of the vessels.
The oil slick has been sighted ashore at Nariman Point to
Cuffe Parade in Mumbai, Vashi and Airoli in Thane District,
Uran, Mandovi and Elephanta in Raigad District, it said.

Elephanta and Navi Mumbai/BARC are reportedly the only
sites where mangroves have been indicated to be affected.

Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Board has constituted
four survey teams with the assistance of the Coast Guard and
the district/local administration, one each for Mumbai, Mumbai
Suburbans, Thane and Raigad District, the statement said.

The Commissioner, Mumbai Municipal Corporation, has
informed that about 500 kilograms of fish samples at Sassoon
Dock, Sewree and Bhaucha Dhakka were prima facie found

Further sample testing is being undertaken to ascertain
the quality of the fish-catch. The State Fisheries Department
has also been directed by the State Government to do random
sampling of fish landing a specified location like Sassoon
The salvers, SMIT International, Singapore, have
mobilised the Barge, the equipment and manpower near the
vessel and have started securing the falling containers, the
statement said.

"So far about 10-15 containers have been secured. In view
of the relatively rough position of the sea near the site,
attempt to stabilise the ship and pumping of fuel oil has not
been started as yet," it said.

However, the ship owner has indicated that 200 containers
placed on the deck, out of 512 containers, were empty.

Besides, a representative of the Director General
Lighthouse and Lightships has also joined the co-ordination
efforts. They have initiated procurement action for suitable
buoys for marking the containers, it said.

Action is also underway to procure strong mooring buoys
which will be anchored away from navigational channel and
floating containers will be kept tied to these mooring buoys.

The Navy survey ship `INS Yamuna` has taken up survey of
the entire channel.

So far only three of sunken containers have been
identified. Completion of survey will help to assess the port
authorities to examine the possibilities of restricted
navigation, the statement said.


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