Reduction in rate of MV Rak oil spill: Coast Guard
Mumbai: The oil slick from sunken cargo
vessel M V Rak off the Mumbai coast has reduced and remained
localised to about 3 sq km area and there was a slight
reduction in the rate of spillage, the Coast Guard said on Thursday.
Coast Guard ships Samudra Prahari, Varuna and Kamala Devi
are combating the oil spill from M V Rak Carrier, it said.
"A Coast Guard helicopter and Dornier aircraft undertook
an aerial assessment today and found that the oil slick had
reduced and remained localised to about three sq km only," an
official release said.
Slight reduction in rate of spillage was also observed, it
Broken streaks/sheen of oil was seen extending maximum up
to eight nautical miles from the sunken vessel. Three Coast
Guard teams continue to assist civil administration in beach
cleaning operation wherever required.
The Panama-flagged MV Rak, which was on its way from
Indonesia's Tutung to Dahej in Gujarat with 60,000 tonnes of
coal, sank on August 4 off the city coast. A 30-member crew of
Indonesian, Jordanian and Romanian nationalities on its board
was rescued by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard personnel
before it sank.