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 added.

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.