Bhubaneswar, August 14 (LocalWire) Coast Guard officials on Wednesday sounded oil spill alert from the Malaysian ship lying aground off Chilika coast since August 7.
Its regional headquarters issued the warning under section 356 (J) of Merchant shipping act, 1958, said “the agrounded vessel is a threat to the eco-sensitive coastal zone of Odisha especially during monsoon season and unsteady sea”.
The vessel is lying aground with a stock of 7, 3,000 litres of diesel, 1000 litres of lubricant oil and 200 litres of hydraulic oil.
Hence oil spill from it may not be ruled out, said CG officials.
It could irreparably damage to the marine ecology of the brackish water lake, they said.
The coast guard inspector general (North East), Indrajit Singh in an SOS shot off to state chief secretary, DG shipping, chairman, State Pollution Control Board besides other concerned authorities sought for the immediate salvaging of the oil stock from the ship expeditiously.
The authorities concerned should seek the services of local agent or professional salvor to prevent a possible oil spill, he said.
However, the Chilika Development Authorities (CDA) allayed the fear of oil spill threat to Asia’s largest Brackish water lake.
“Since the vessel is still in the sea, and the mouth of the lake connecting with the sea is quite a distance away from where it has been grounded, we don’t apprehended any immediate threat”, Sushant Nanda, Chief Executive, CDA told the LocalWire.
Conservationists expressed apprehension that the aground ship would trigger sand-casting leading to the formation of sand dunes.
The vessel’s needs to be removed immediately, they said.