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Administration action gets things under control at Kamarajar Port

BSN Network
Date: 01/02/2017
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Around 0400 IST on 28th January 2017, M.T. BW Maple (IMO:9320752) Flagged in Isle of Man carrying LPG and M.T.Dawn Kanchipuram (IMO:9116917)  Flagged in  India carrying POL met with collision out-side harbour. The collision occurred while M.T.BW Maple was outbound and M.T.Dawn Kanchipuram was inbound, said a release from Kamarajar Port Limited.

“It has been reported in some newspapers about oil spill.  It is hereby clarified that there is no oil spill from Saturday 28th January morning after KPL laid the oil booms,” the release clarified.

The release further added “Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Shipping) visited the site and observed no oil spill taking place from the damaged ship.  However, the oil spill noticed on the beaches was apparently oil spill occurred at the time of collision of ships around 4.00 a.m. on 28.1.2017.  It is clarified that oil spill was arrested and no considerable spillage has taken place, thereafter.”

200 numbers of persons alone from Kamarajar Port, in addition to hundreds of personnel from Chennai Port, Coast Guard, State Govt. department and volunteers are deployed with portable pollution cleaning equipments for shoreline cleaning in the beach.  It majority of cleaning is expected to be completed by today evening.

Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tamil Nadu took a review meeting with all the stakeholders.

Collector, Tiruvallur visited the Port to review the arrangements and took a meeting attended by ADGP of TN Marine Police, Revenue authorities, Coast Guard officials and other officials.

Joint Secretary (Ports), Ministry of Shipping, New Delhi also visited the port to review the situation.

“Coast Guard is also monitoring both the vessels. All top officials of port are closely monitoring and the situation is under control,” stated the release adding “M.T. Dawn Kanchipuram has been safely taken to Port and cargo is being discharged. All other ship movements and functioning of port are normal.”

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