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Oil spill in Ennore Port almost contained: Madras high court informed

Tamil Nadu Pollution control board has informed the Madras high court that 95 per cent of the oil spill that occurred on November 18 in the Kamarajar Port Ennore has been removed. The board also informed the court that the entire cleaning process would be completed within two days.

The board was responding to public interest litigation on the oil the spill filed in the court and the judges turned down the petition after hearing the version of the pollution control board

Two days back a tanker named MT Coral Stars berthed at the Kamarajar Port in Ennore near Chennai encountered an accidental oil spill in the early hours November 18th.Ever since the Indian Coast Guard and Ennore Port have been taking oil spill response action to avoid catastrophic consequences to the marine environment off Chennai. Although maximum oil has been recovered, the remaining traces are being recovered and dispersed. 

The spilled Furnace Fuel Oil (FFO) becomes highly viscous chocolate coloured mousse owing to weathering in passage of time and requires special equipment and techniques. The Coast Guard pressed into action its specialised Pollution Control Vessel Samudra Paheredar along with 05 other ships and 06 sorties by CG helicopter in the ongoing Pollution Response operations to clean-up nearly two tonnes of thick FFO which was accidentally spilled from Motor Tanker Coral Stars at MLT berth of Kamarajar Port, Ennore. 

The specialised equipment onboard ICGS Samudra Paheredar proved critical for recovering the thick oil mousse and preventing it from reaching the shores. Near about five tonnes of viscous mousse have been recovered using Weir, Disc, brush skimmers and manual mopping using absorbents. Traces of oil effectively dispersed. 

Whilst the ships were taking care of seaward front, the aerial assessment provided the needed inputs about the location and movement of the spilled oil and critically aided in designing and implementing recovery/dispersal process. The Operations Centre of Coast Guard Region (East), Chennai maintained 24 x 7 communication with the State Pollution Control Board, Kamarajar Port and Shipping authorities for sustaining and progressing the clean-up operation. 

The dedicated and persistent efforts have resulted in effective containment and successful recovery of the spilled oil.

 

 

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