MSC Chitra being stabilised: DGS

The Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) said rescuers have boarded MSC Chitra.

Mumbai: The Directorate General of
Shipping (DGS) today said rescuers have boarded MSC Chitra,
the ship which sunk after colliding with another vessel off
the Mumbai coast early this month, and have begun operations
to stabilise it by adding ballast water into one of its tanks.

The task of adding the required amount of ballast
water, which is taken in on-board to stabilise a vessel, will
take another two-three days, it said.

On August 7, two foreign vessels carrying chemicals
and other shipments collided off the Mumbai Port, causing
extensive oil spill into the sea waters and the nearby

The salvers have also deployed seven tugs for towing
of the floating containers and two crane barges for lifting
containers from the water. In addition, 10 diving and rigging
teams are on the job. One cargo barge has also been deployed
for delivery of containers to the nearby Jawaharlal Nehru
Port, a DGS statement here said.

After the government lifted the ban on fishing from
August 16, no untoward incident has been reported, the
statement said, adding in view of the passenger ferry services
scheduled to begin from September 1 priority routes are being
identified in consultation with Maharashtra Maritime Board.

Meanwhile, the latest sampling of the water for
presence of gas on board MSC Chitra has revealed that the deck
area is safe. As regards the hold area, two de-contamination
experts have already been mobilised in view of the presence of
phosphine in the four-peak area of the vessel, it said.

One round of survey of the entire anchorage area has
already been completed in the Mumbai Port limits. There were a
total of 31 dangerous goods containers on board, of which 25
contain caustic soda. Of these 25, six have fallen over board
and 19 remain on board.

Meanwhile the Navy today escorted 11 vessels out of
the Mumbai Port and seven vessels from the JNPT.


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