Chennai, 4 Feb: Nearly after one week of Cargo ship collision near the Ennore Port, Clean up work of oil spill is still underway.
Coast Guard has revealed that the oil spill incident was 10 times than what was said earlier.
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Talking exclusively to India Today, Coast Guard IG S Paramesh lamented that the ships involved in collision tried to minimize the scale of the spill. “The spill is 10 times than what wasÂ reported. Location of accident was 2 nautical miles from coastline. A Coast Guard team has been divided into small groups. 80 percent of cleaning work has been completed at Marina Beach stretch. By tomorrow evening full stretch of Marina will be cleared,” Paramesh said.
Both Indian Coast Guard and Kamarajar Port, under whose limits the accident took place, declared the tanker ship MT Dawn Kanchipuram had under-played the extent of the oil spilt.
“When the incident happened, we were told that at 5:15 am and told that about 2 metric tonnes of bunker oil had been spilt. However, our estimate is that 20 metric tonnes came out and the ship wasn’t being very truthful in its communication with us,” said Paramesh. He added, “The 20 metric tonnes when mixed with sand, debris in the sea can translate to much more. Have informed the company (owners of Dawn Kanchipuram) that they have to pay for the shoreline cleanup and damages that have occurred.”
Chairman and Managing Director of the Kamarajar Port, MA Bhaskarachar reiterated the same, “It is the vessel’s responsibility to report matters correctly. They under-reported and we can’t do anything about it”.
600 tonnes of sludge has been cleaned by hundreds of volunteers and Coast Guard so far. However, the oil spill is spreading towards other beaches in Chennai.
Authorities have sent detention notices following which the two ships involved in the collision can’t leave the port till the inquiry is completed. The DG shipping will ascertain the causes of the collision which resulted to oil spill.
It will take at least a week for cleaning the entire oil slick, says Coast Guard. Most of the pollution is in north of Chennai port. Major spill is at RK Nagar Kuppam beach.
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On January 28, two ships – MT BW Maple, which was carrying LPG, and MT Dawn Kanchipuram, carrying petroleum oil lubricant, collided off the Ennore port.
The port authorities had then said there was no casualty or injury to anyone and no damage to the environment.