the morning of 07.08.2010, container vessel MSC Chitra collided with another vessel
Khailijia 3 near the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) area. As a result of this collision the hatch No.2
of MSC Chitra got damaged leading to ingress
of water, as a result of which MSC
Chitra started listing.
to the impact of collision, three containers on deck dropped into the sea and
about 200 ltrs of hydraulic oil leaked out.
through the Mumbai Port Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS), two tugs were
requisitioned and were rushed to render assistance. 24 crew members of MSC Chitra were evacuated by the crew of
the tugs. The Master of the vessel and
five crew members were brought on shore at Mumbai, while the two tugs continued
to remain stand by.
though bow of Khailijia 3 was damaged, this vessel was safely docked at BPX
berth of the MbPT. The Director General
(Shipping) [DG (S)] and Coast Guard
were informed of the incident and relevant notices to mariners and warnings on
VHF channel were promulgated to all concerned.
MbPT contacted the vessel agent and the insurer. The owner and the insurers P&I club,
appointed M/s. Smit
Salvage, Singapore for assessment and salvaging of the
vessel. M/s. Smit secured the
compartments and also dropped anchor, securing the vessel from drifting.
Later as the listing of the ship
increased, about 250 containers have fallen into the sea.
of the main channel was got carried out by Indian Navy in the early morning of
08.08.2010. The channel was found clear
at that time. Limited ship movements
were carried during the day. On
09.08.2010, the Navy is undertaking survey of some containers that have hit the
bottom. To facilitate this, all ship
movements have been stopped.
floating containers are being cleared with the help of tugs and floating
cranes. They will be stored on the JNPT
side of the channel. The Mumbai Port Harbour is likely to be cleared of floating
containers in next two-three days.
the vessel stabilizes and is certified safe to board, the salvagers will board
the vessel and remove the fuel from the various tanks into the barges to
eliminate threat of pollution.
vessel has 2662 tons of heavy oil in its various tanks and 245 tons of diesel
oil for its own use. Presently, there is
an oil spill around the vessel. The
Coast Guard and three JNPT tugs are spraying dispersants under the directions
of Coast Guard. Some oil has reached
ashore in Raigad District.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board authorities have been alerted as also the
agencies that draw water from Mumbai harbor.
The State Disaster Management Authority is meeting today with the
concerned agencies. All efforts are
being taken by MbPT and JNPT in collaboration with salvagers, Coast Guard,
Indian Navy and other authorities to ensure that the situation is normalized at
the earliest. The situation is being
closely monitored by the Ministry of Shipping.
An enquiry by the DG (Shipping) into
the causes of the accident has been ordered and is underway.
DG (S) has convened meeting of all agencies for monitoring the situation. MoS is also monitoring the situation on-line.
CoS meeting of Cabinet Secretariat was held on 08.08.2010 and the situation was
reviewed. It will meet again on the
the area carried out by the Navy this morning shows 10-12 containers in the
channel. Hence shipping movement could
not be resumed. Action is being taken to
mark the submerged containers whereafter restricted shipping movements can be
considered. Action is also being
coordinated to tow the submerged as well as floating containers to the barge.
Once the containers are removed from the channel, the area will be surveyed by
the Chief Hydrographer and on his advice full shipping movements can be
The Coast Guard is co-ordinating action to contain the oil
spill. Salvers will also be asked to
assist in this work.
is not affected as there is general ban till 15th August 2010.
will make an assessment tomorrow on the decision to ballast the vessel and turn
it upright; otherwise action would have to be taken to debunker the ship by
removing the oil into barges.
So far 17
vessels, 9 at JN Port and 8 at Mumbai Port have completed their
operations on 8th and 9th August 2010 but could not be sailed
out. 15 vessels were scheduled, 9 for JN
Port and 6 for Mumbai Port, but could not be berthed.