Oil Spill Covers 8km2 Off Sindhudurg Coast | Navi Mumbai News

Navi Mumbai: It is now officially confirmed that there is oil spill off the Sindhudurg coast due to the sunken tanker. The oil spill has been spreading from the MT Parth tanker off Vijaydurg coast since Monday. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has confirmed to the Sindhudurg district administration that the oil spill has covered around 8sqkm area in the deep sea, and warned that Devgad, Vengurla, Malvan and Goa coastal areas may be hit. About 250 litres of oil spill dispersants have been sprayed over the area from a helicopter.
The 101-metre-long MT Parth vessel, loaded with 3,911MT bitumen, was navigating from Khor Fakkan port, UAE, to New Mangalore port but sank on September 16 evening due to engine failure. Apart from the bitumen, the vessel had 140KL fuel oil (type not disclosed) and 30KL diesel. The ICG had rescued 19 crew members.
“The oil spills are suspected to have come from the waste oil tanks of the ship,” said Captain Sandeep Sbhujbal, regional port officer, Maharashtra Maritime Board.
“The oil spills were noticed by fishermen on Tuesday morning in the sea,” said Suhas Toraskar, a fishing community leader at Vengurla.
“Aquatic organisms on the sea surface, such as phytoplanktons, are the worst affected. Oil spills can get trapped in the mouth of fish, sea turtles, etc causing their death. Tar balls formed are washed ashore on the beaches, killing snails, crabs, etc. Oxygen mixed in sea water lessens its penetration, allowing migration of sea animals from the area,” said a Mumbai-based marine biologist on the possible effects.

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