Over two tons of furnace oil leaked into the sea from Oil tanker M T
Coral stars near Kamarajar port in Ennore in North Chennai on November
seventeenth when a flexible hose of the vessel snapped from the berth side of
The tanker was discharging the consignment at the Marine Liquid
terminal in the port area early in the morning when the incident took place
A press release issued by the Kamaraj port said A Vessel namely M.T.
CORAL STARS was discharging Fuel oil through flexible hose at Marine Liquid
Terminal 1 in Kamarajar Port on November 18. At around 04:03 hrs, it was
noticed that the flexible hose got snapped from the berth side. Immediately,
the discharge of cargo was stopped by operating the emergency control button.
Because of the snapping of hose, some quantity of Fuel oil which was
mostly contained in the hose got spilled in the sea water in front of the
Preliminary estimate of spilled Fuel oil quantity is less than 2 tons.
The emergency response mechanism was immediately activated and all concerned agencies including Coast Guard swung in action to attend and mitigate the situation. CMD, KPL and Senior officers from Kamarajar
Port and Chennai Port Trust, Indian Coast Guard rushed to the site. Govt.
of Tamil Nadu was also informed of the incident.
Fence boom was immediately deployed around the Vessel by the Port to arrest the drift of spilled Fuel oil. Ariel survey was also done by
the Coast Guard along with sea side reconnaissance by their Interceptor Boat so
as to assess the spillage surface. Visually it was observed that the
spillage is confined within the Break water area of the Port and mostly with the
fenced boom area.
Recovery of spilled Fuel oil was immediately commenced with the help
of skimmers and absorbent pads. The recovery process would be completed
This is the second time an oil spill is occurring in the port in the
last one year. Early last year in 2017 two oil tankers collided near the
entrance of Kamarajar port Ennore leading to a massive oil spill. The spill
extended from the port area situated in north Chennai to the famous Marina
beach and on to Mahabhalipuram a distance of nearly sixty kilometers from
Chennai along the shore line causing serious damage to the flora fauna.