Efforts on to pump out fuel oil from cargo vessel at Kavaratti

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 18:58

Kavaratti: All the crew members of the
cargo vessel, which ran aground a coral reef off Kavaratti in
Lakshadweep two days ago, are safe and fuel oil is being
pumped out of Nanda Aparajita to prevent any spillage,
officials said.

"The ship has about 20 KL of fuel oil for its use and
efforts are on to pump it ashore to prevent any spillage into
the sea. There is no leakage so far and the fuel oil is
being removed as a precautionary measure," Director Ports of
Lakshadweep, Syed Ismail, said.

The 12 crew members are safe, he said, adding there
was some engine problem and bad weather compounded to the
difficulties.

The vessel is in safe place and there was no cause for
any concern. When the weather improves, it will be towed to
safer place, Ismail said.

Naval and Coastguard personnel are making all efforts
to pump out the fuel oil.

The vessel, belonging to a Mumbai-based company, was
carrying construction materials like cement of the PWD
department from Agatti to Kavaratti when it ran aground at
around seven pm on August 15 near Kavaratti following bad
weather conditions.

The incident comes in the wake of the collision of two
Panamanian cargo ships -- MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia-111 -- on
August 7 off the Mumbai coast causing an oil spill from one of
the vessels. Thirty-three crew members, including two
Pakistanis, were rescued following the incident.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 18:58

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