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Oil tanker on fire off Kandla port no oil spill reported so far; one crew member killed in the fire

 An injured crew member of the oil tanker that caught fire died on January 18th even as efforts were on to  bring the blaze on the ship under control off Gujarat’s Kandla port. No oil spill has been reported from the Oil tanker so far according to a defense ministry spokesperson.

A massive fire broke out in the MT Genessa anchored around 14 nautical miles off Deendayal Port Kandla on January 17th and all the 26 crew members were rescued.

 The merchant navy tanker was reportedly carrying 30,000 tons of high-speed diesel.

Two crew members sustained severe injuries and one of them died at a hospital, defense spokesperson of the Gujarat region, said.

“The fire has been doused but smoke is still coming out from hot spots. So, the operation is still on to cool down hot spots to prevent any mishap or further damage”.

 The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has been leading the firefight.

“Indian Coast Guard coordinated the fire- fighting efforts of all stake holders to contain the fire on board ‘M T Genessa’ off Kandla Port this morning. Coast Guard continue to monitor situation and shoreline assessment (sic),” ICG tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

“Hot Spots temperature brought down to 40 & 25 degree Celsius on port/seaside side respectively. Boundary cooling is in progress. The Coast Guard hovercraft has been deployed for shoreline assessment for oil traces..

No Oil spill has been reported so far in the Arabian Sea from the tanker.


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