Chennai Oil Spill: DG Shipping institutes inquiry in collision of ships off Kamarajar harbour

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Published: February 4, 2017 7:21:59 PM

Days after the unexpected cargo ships collision outside the Kamarajar Port in Chennai, the DG Shipping has instituted an inquiry regarding the same earlier today.

cargo ships collision, Kamarajar Port, DG Shipping, M.T. BW Maple, M.T. Dawn Kanchipuram, PIB Days after the unexpected cargo ships collision outside the Kamarajar Port in Chennai, the DG Shipping has instituted an inquiry regarding the same earlier today. (Source: ANI)

Days after the unexpected cargo ships collision outside the Kamarajar Port in Chennai, the DG Shipping has instituted an inquiry regarding the same earlier today. Two vessels namely, M.T. BW Maple carrying LPG and M.T. Dawn Kanchipuram carrying Petrol and lube oil, collided while crossing each other at 03.45AM on January 28 outside the Kamrajar harbour. As per a letter by PIB on the same, Shipping Minister Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan in Chennai today to take stock of Clean Up Operations.

However, the port authorities claimed that there was no damage to the environment like oil pollution and no casualty or injury to persons. Both vessels are safely afloat and anchored. As per reports, an inquiry was ordered immediately after the incident to find out the cause of the mishap.

“Immediate steps were taken to assess the damage to the vessel. The diving team of Kamarajar Port carried out under-water inspections. The port officials consulted the respective Classification Societies and DG, Shipping officials who carried out inspection of the vessels internally and externally. After examining the stability of the vessel, it was decided to berth the M.T. Kanchipuram at the port to immediately discharge cargo to prevent any environmental damage,” said the PIB letter.

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Chennai Port and the State government have organised medical camps from January 31 at Ernavoor and Kasimedu fisheries harbours. The Indian Oil Corporation has provided special bio-remediation material for treatment of the collected oil sludge for its safe disposal. Government is taking all the measures to manage the situation. Authorities involved in the operations are confident that the situation is under control and the entire cleaning up operation will be completed in a couple of days, informed the PIB letter further.

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