In the light of a major oil spill which affected the entire Chennai coast
following a collision of an oil tanker near the entrance of Kamarajar port
Ennore a few months ago, Tamil nadu government has introduced certain
restrictions on handling of petroleum products in its seventeen minor ports
under its control.
A Tamil Nadu government order issued on July 26 has laid down regulations
for ships using the minor ports in the state. The 17 minor ports many of them
of being captive ports handling hazardous chemicals are administered by the
Tamil Nadu Maritime board.
Handling of Petroleum products and chemical tankers will be allowed only
during fair season. Approval of the Port Officer becomes conditional under foul
This regulation meant that some restrictions will be imposed on handling
this cargo during the monsoon months from October to December every year. The state
along with Andhra Pradesh gets their quota of rains during the North East
Under the new regulations to be enforced by the state government the
operation of petroleum products and chemical tankers will be restricted to day
light hours only from 6 am to 6 pm. The entire discharge operations will be
under continuous supervision of a Marine Terminal Operation Contractor the
Liquified Petroleum Gas vessels will be anchored in designated explosive
dangerous anchorage only which meant specific spots near the minor port where
even if an accident took place there will be minimal damage.
The government order also stipulated that the ship owner or his agent
should inform the concerned port officer about the expected date and time of
the arrival of the ship at the port at least one week in advance.