Outsourcing the only model of tapping human resources in Kamarajar port is
being relaxed soon after the massive oil spill during the beginning of this
year and formal employment is attempted in crucial marine work including
bringing ships from the outer anchorage to the port.
We have decided to recruit regular pilots to bring the ships into the port
said the Port Chairman M A Bhaskrachar as part of the lessons learnt following
the January 28 th oil spill which affected nearly 34,000 square meters of sea
outside the Ennore port including the Marina beach and upto Mahabalipuram shore
He said the port constituted an internal committee which gave its findings
recently and the port administration accepted all the findings said the
chairman of the port while addressing the annual press conference on May 8.
Standard Operating Procedures are being fully implemented on all operation
matters he said adding a sum of Rs sixty lakhs have been claimed from the ship
owner for causing damage to the marine environment.
The Directorate General of Shipping had instituted a statutory inquiry under
the Merchants Shipping Act to ascertain the cause and the contributing factor
the led to the collission of the two ships off Kamarajar port Ennore along the
Chennai Ennore coastline.
The two vessels Mr BW Maple and MT Dawn Kanchipuram collided while crossing
each other at Kamarajar port on January 28. The oil tanker Kanchipuram carrying
about 33,000 tones of Petroleum products suffered a rupture which led to engine
room oil spill.
The findings of the inquiry report are awaited but the ships involved in the
collision are berthed in Kamarajar port.