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India battles to contain oil spill

Updated On: Aug 11, 2010

Indian coast guard vessels and helicopters worked Monday to contain oil spilling from a stricken container ship that collided with another vessel in the Arabian Sea, India's defense ministry said.

The Panamanian-registered MSC Chitra smashed into the St. Kitts-registered MV-Khalijia-II on Saturday near Mumbai's Jawahar Lal Nehru port.

The ship Chitra was carrying 2662 metric tonnes of fuel when it’s started on Saturday. Nearly 879 metric tonnes has flown out. Besides, there are 283.8 tonnes of diesel and 88,040 litres of lube oil on board. Helicopters and airplanes have dropped chemicals to break up the slick. Some fuel, however, might have swept ashore because of a high tide.

Shipping lanes off India's commercial hub Mumbai may also be closed for another two days because of an oil spill, say Indian authorities. Shipping traders warn of significant losses because of the shutdown of port operations. The closed Jawharlal Nehru Port (JNP) in Mumbai is billed as India's busiest for handling up to 60 percent of the nation's container volumes.

Sources:

Oil slick coats Arabian Sea after ships collide
 [CBCnews August 9, 2010]

Shipping lanes remain closed by India oil spill [CNN August 10, 2010]

India Oil Spill: Coast Guard Tries To Contain Leak From Ship Collision
 [Huffington Post 9 August, 2010]







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