ICG sends 1 other vessel in case of oil spill from merchant vessel off Colombo coast
New Delhi, May 27 (PTI) The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has dispatched another vessel to deal with the oil spill, if it occurs, from the merchant vessel X-Press Pearl which is on intense fire off the coast of Sri -lankan. Colombo capital, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
The vessel contained approximately 325 metric tonnes of fuel in its tanks. In addition, X-Press Pearl was loaded with 1,486 containers carrying approximately 25 tonnes of hazardous nitric acid and other chemicals.
Sri Lanka’s highest environmental body said on Thursday that the Singapore-flagged cargo ship was sinking and preparations were underway to tackle the resulting oil spill. The Defense Ministry said the ICG ships Vaibhav and Vajra have been dispatched and that they are continuing their efforts to extinguish the heavy fire aboard the X-Press Pearl.
In addition, ICG’s Dornier aircraft undertook an aerial reconnaissance of the area for assessment and support, he added.
No oil spills have yet been reported, he noted.
“ The ICG Samudra Prahari, a specialized Pollution Response (PR) vessel, was also shipped in PR configuration to augment firefighting efforts and respond to oil spills, if any. ” , did he declare.
ICG has deployed its assets in response to a request from the Sri Lankan authorities and directives from the Indian government, the ministry said.
Initially, a fire occurred aboard the X-Press Pearl, located nine nautical miles from the port of Colombo, on May 20 and was brought under control within a day. A major fire broke out again aboard the ship Tuesday morning. PTI DSP KJ