Ship collision: Efforts to contain oil spill in Mumbai harbour

August 8th, 2010 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 8 (IANS) The authorities Sunday launched efforts on a war footing to combat the oil spill from a Panaman ship which crashed into another vessel in Mumbai harbour, an official said Sunday.
The MSC Chitra had crashed into the St. Kitts-registered MV Khalijia-III Saturday.

Five Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ships and two helicopters have been pressed into service for checking the massive oil spill in the Mumbai harbour, around five km south of here, the official said.

Besdies this, the ICG has requisitioned additional pollution control resources from Goa, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and other agencies.

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and the Maharashtra Maritime Board are also in a state of high alert to mobilize resources for shore clean-up if required, according to the official.

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