Weather prevents plugging of oil leak from MV Rak
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 01:31
Mumbai: Diving operations to plug the oil leak from the sunken cargo vessel MV Rak could not start for the second day on Friday due to hostile weather, the Directorate General of Shipping said.

"The diving operation has ceased due to adverse weather conditions and will resume when favourable weather and tidal conditions prevail," a DGS statement said.

The DGS had earlier said a diving operation to plug the leak will be undertaken on Thursday.

A diving support vessel of ONGC, which has been put on the job, is present at the site. The DGS said orientation of the sunken vessel has been completed.

"The layout of the tank arrangements and sources of pollution such as sounding, filling pipes and air vent arrangements are being assessed from the ships crew, so that the exact location can easily be detected by the divers," it said.

MV Rak sank 20 nautical miles off the coast of Mumbai on August 4 after the rescue of 30 crewmen. At the time of the incident, it was reportedly carrying 60,000 tonnes of coal from Indonesia to Gujarat and also had 325 tonnes of fuel oil and 56 tonnes of diesel which caused environmental damage.

According to the Coast Guard, the estimated quantity of oil spill is still about 7-8 tonnes per day.

Coast Guard ship Samudra Prahari continues to use oil spill dispersant to neutralise the affected areas. In addition, the Coast Guard also conducted the air sorties and found that oil spill was observed up to 5 Nautical miles.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board reported minor traces of oil at Juhu Beach, the DGS said.


First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 01:31

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