No new cases of oil contamination: DGS

Even as the clean-up exercise at the Elephanta shores continues, no new cases of oil contamination was reported today, the Director General of Shipping said.

Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 00:48 AM IST

Mumbai: Even as the clean-up exercise at
the Elephanta shores continues, no new cases of oil
contamination was reported today, the Director General of
Shipping said.

Besides, the first round of survey of all accessible
port waters about (50 per cent of the total 75 sq. kilometres
water front) has been completed, a press release said here.

"No new cases of oil contamination have been reported.
Clean up of Elephanta Island shores is continuing. Also, no
major adverse incidence has been reported in respect of
fishing activities," the release said.

According to the DGS, a survey of navigational channel
from middle ground onwards was undertaken by the Indian Navy
and it has revealed eight targets, of which one is located in
the navigation channel.

"This target has also been marked. Ports have been
advised to issue navigational warning to mariners," it said.

Stating that no oil tankers were waiting outside the
port for want of navigational facility, the DGS said that
five vessels each for Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Jawaharlal
Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) were brought in while five vessels
from MbPT and six for JNPT were sailed out today.

In all, a total of 205 and 204 vessels have been
piloted out and in respectively so far, the release said.

At the same time, both the MbPT and JNPT have resumed
shipping activities for all the vessels drawing the draft up
to 9 meters during night time also, it said.

Eighteen days after the oil spill caused by the
collision between merchant vessels MSC Chitra and Khalijia 3,
clean-up operations were nearing an end.

-PTI