It’s leaking oil

On the back of oil related environmental disasters in USA and in China comes another one albeit of a much smaller proportion.

Two Panamanian ships collided just off Mumbai’s coast on the weekend and all crew members were rescued. One ship, which was carrying a cargo of diesel and lubricant oil capsized, triggering an oil slick that had spread to a distance of 2 nautical miles from the capsized ship, a navy official said.

While the sea around Mumbai still faces a potential environment disaster after an oil spill in the Arabian Sea, the three-day ordeal of containing it came to an end on Monday (Yesterday) evening. While the Coast Guard continued chemical spraying to contain the oil slick, the tilting cargo ship MSC Chitra, involved in a collision with another vessel earlier, stabilised.

The Maharashtra government says it will take a month for cleanup operations. Over 350 tonnes of oil spilled into the sea. In the case of the BP oil spill, 0.7 to 1.1 million tonnes had poured into the Gulf of Mexico.

Thankfully the hazardous cargo on MSC Chitra, comprising 31 containers of chemicals and pesticide, is intact on board.

These are some of the images of the MSC Chitra after collision.

Leaking oil and floating containers

On August 9, 2010

Oil washed up on the shore

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