No fear of oil spill as crude cargo is intact inside the tanker says Indian coastguards
Lankan navy and the island nation's Attorney General have been making a hue and
cry over the oil spill around the Oil tanker that caught fire last week in East
Sri Lankan coast, a spokesman of the Indian coastguards asserted there would
not be any need to undertake a mission to contain the oil spill since the oil
cargo in the vessel is intact.
Coast Guard along with the Sri Lankan and Indian Navy have successfully averted
a major ecological disaster in the Indian Ocean after battling a fire for over
a week on the Panamanian tanker MT New Diamond, which was carrying 270,000
tonnes of crude oil from Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip.
General Indian Coast Guard K Natrajan was quoted by the local media as saying
the first phase of the mission, which was to extinguish the fire, is over and
the Coast Guard is prepared for the next phase which is to contain an oil spill
if any. "However, there would be no such requirement for this mission as
oil cargo is intact," he said.
As many as Seven Indian Coast Guard ships
were involved in dousing the fire
As many as
Seven Indian Coast Guard ships were involved in dousing the fire with foam and
water. The fire, which reignited, was brought under control on September 8.
The condition of the vessel is stable
condition of the vessel is stable. The hull has been damaged. The cargo of
nearly 270,000 tonnes of crude oil in five tanks of the ship is intact. There
is no breach of the tank as of now. The oil sheen was due to diesel oozing out
following an explosion on the starboard side oil tank. The blaze was doused.
But a small amount of diesel oozed out. There is not much threat to the
environment. The Indian Coast Guard Dornier from Matalla airbase sprayed 300
litres of oil spill dispersant to disintegrate the sheen. Ships were used to
churn the waters to accelerate the process," said Natarajan.
There was the threat of an explosion on
challenge before the Coast Guard, whose help was sought by Sri Lankan authorities,
was to control the fire. “There was the threat of an explosion on the tanker.
Even the firefighting was a challenge .The condition of the vessel is stable e
as ships have been spraying foam and water from all sides," said
will continue till the ship is removed from the area for final disposal. On
whether the cargo will be shifted, he said that will be decided by the owners
and Sri Lankan authorities.