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No more adhoc arrangement in Kamarajar port after oil spill

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 temple.

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.


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