MSC CHITRA & MV Khalijia-III-Two Panamanian vessels, collided on 7th August, 2662 tonnes of fuel, 283 tonnes of diesel and 88040 litres of lubricant oil.
Two Panamanian vessels, MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia-III collided on 7th August, Saturday morning at the mouth of the Mumbai harbour. As an impact, the MSC Chitra skewed sharply under the collision resulting in an oil spill from the vessel. Over 350 tonnes of oil spilled into the sea. In the case of the BP oil spill, 700,000 to 1.1 million tonnes had poured into the Gulf of Mexico .
MSC Chitra had a cargo of 1219 containers when it collided and the cargo contained 2662 tonnes of fuel, 283 tonnes of diesel and 88040 litres of lubricant oil. MV Khalijia was loaded with 30,000 tons of steel coils during collision. The container vessel MSC Chitra tilted sharply at angle of 45 Degree following the collision. 31 containers carried sodium hydroxide and organophosphorus pesticides, among other hazardous material.
The oil leakage has been plugged and the ship has been stabilized.
“Operation Chitra is over. The ship has been stabilised although it remains tilted at 60° to 70°. Salvage operations are on now, the Coast Guard said ...............