There is no contingency plan in place in case of a recurrence of the oil
spill that occurred at Ennore Port last April when two ships collided resulting
in a massive oil spill extending up to entire Chennai coast from Ennore to
Environmentalists put across the idea for a comprehensive plan which would
take off immediately after the spill involving various state agencies including
the Tamil Nadu government, Indian coast guards, Pollution control agencies of
both central and state government. The proposal was mooted soon after the
cleaning exercise was completed at a cost of over Rs three hundred crores.
Disclosing this at a meeting got up by the Karaikal Port and the Institute
of Chartered Ship Brokers Capt Neil J Nair said it took the various government
agencies nearly four months clean up the entire area.
Since there was no plan in place it took nearly two weeks for the various
governmental agencies to put their act together and by that time the spill has
spread to a vast area extending to Mahabalipuram from the Ennore coast.
He said as soon the cleaning operations were completed, he floated a
suggestion for a contingency plan in case of recurrence of the spill. The
officials of government agencies nodded their heads but no follow up action has
been taken for the last several months. There is no contingency plan in case of
a spill as of now.
Mr Nair was speaking about how ports should equip themselves with adequate
insurance cover to protect their interests. His lecture is part of the series arranged
by the Karaikal port as part of the knowledge dissemination exercise for
various port users.
Mr Carthick Reddy, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Karaikal
Port said coastal cargo including iron ore and clinkers have picked up in the
port during the past few months.
The port is also installing an offshore LNG facility to meet the power requirements
of the industry in the area. The port caters to requirement of the industries
in Central Tamil Nadu.
We are more than a port Mr Reddy said adding that they own vast stretch of
land adjoining the port which could be used by the manufacturing industry. The
port has an excellent road and rail connectivity covering entire southern parts
of the country.