Published On : Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

1 dead in oil tanker fire off Gujarat coast

Kandla: One person has been killed by the fire that broke out on board the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker MT Genessa oil tanker, anchored 15 nautical miles off Deendayal Port in Kandla, Gujarat.

Efforts were underway to douse the flames on the tanker which was carrying 30,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel, an official said.

The official said water sampling has not shown any oil spill so far in the Arabian Sea from the tanker.

The fire in the oil tanker’s crew compartment was reported last evening.

The Indian Coast Guard had evacuated all the 26 crew members, two of whom suffered burn injuries.

Defence PRO, Gujarat region, Abhishek Matiman today said no oil spill has been reported so far from the tanker.

‘#IndiaCoastGuard fire fight still on. 03 ICGVessels, 09Tugs frm KPT, Reliance,Essar,Adani & ICG Dornier in action. Water sampling shows no Oil Spill. ICG Pollution Ctrl Vessel at site. Proactive response frm all agencies. ICGS SamudraPavak overseeing ops (sic),’ he tweeted.

Matiman said the Coast Guard worked tirelessly throughout the night to avert any potential disaster.

‘#IndiaCoastGuard living upto their motto ‘Vayam Rakshamah’ worked tirelessly through the night, garnering & guiding resources frm Govt and pvt agencies in vicinity averted potential disaster at sea dousing fire that engulfed MT Genessa anchored off Kandla,’ he wrote on Twitter.

Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-403 is at the scene and the maritime security agency’s pollution control team has been activated, an official earlier said.

A Dornier aircraft has been pressed into service to ascertain the extent of the fire, he said.