A Portuguese flag container ship spills oil 450km off Chennai, India.
Image Credit: India Coast Guard
The Indian coast guard said that on Thursday the Portuguese flag container ship named MV Devon spilled 10 kilo litres (KL) of oil into the sea 450 km southeast of Chennai, India. They were alerted about the spill by the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre (MRCC). The container ship was en route to Haldia in West Bengal from Colombo, containing 10,795 tonnes of general cargo in 382 containers. There are 17 crew members on board. The vessel seem to have had a damage to its port side resulting in a fuel tank breach that led to the spill of 10KL of oil.
The container ship upon inspection was found to have an underwater crack on the left side of the fuel tank harbouring more than 120KL of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO). Preventive action was taken upon noticing the oil leak, and the rest of the oil was diverted to another tank by the ship’s crew members. The container ship is stable and is continuing its voyage, where it is expected to reach Haldia today.