Panaji, Oct 27 : Multiple agencies, including Navy and Coast Guard, were trying to assess the situation of naptha carrying tanker which had run aground around three nautical miles off the shores near the capital city.
The tanker “NU SHI Nalini” has stuck on a rock or soft ground in the sea near Dona Paula with about 2,000 tonnes of Naphtha, 50 tonnes of heavy oil and 19 tonnes diesel.
A statement from the state government said while a three member expert team consisting of Director General, Shipping, was still stationed in Goa, a senior official from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) arrived on Sunday to guide the operation regarding the safety aspect of oil spill.
Coast Guard did an aerial inspection and found no oil spillage. It has stationed one oil spill response vessel in the vicinity of the grounded vessel.
The ship was aground at the same position and situation was being monitored 24x7, the statement said.
In early morning, an ETV (Emergency Towing Vessel) arrived from Mumbai while two teams with tug with total 600 mtrs of reel of boom were on standby to attempt to rig boom around the vessel to deal with any possible spillage.
In early morning, one team of divers of Sastech Associates dived near the ship but could not assess the situation of hull. Navy diver team attempt to dive was aborted due to still turbulent water near the ship.
A hydrographic surveyor of the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) again tried to approach the vessel for carrying out bathymetric survey but that too was also not successful due to bad weather.
Based on the data acquired by the airflown team, the requisite pumping system to remove Naptha and other petroleum products from ship had been dispatched from Mumbai.
In addition, an FIR was filed for negligence and endangering the public safety under several provisions of the IPC and police investigation was underway.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had on Saturday held a meeting to review the condition of the tanker.(UNI)