Oil leak was noticed on Saturday across the barge `Gal Constructor’ which had run aground throughout cyclone Tauktae off the Palghar coast in Maharashtra, officers mentioned.
The Indian Coast Guard mentioned a “silvery oil sheen” of 50 metres in width was noticed and all precautions are being taken. The spill had not reached the shore, it added.
As many as 137 folks had been rescued from the barge after the cyclone hit it on Could 17.
Palghar district catastrophe management chief Vivekanand Kadam instructed PTI that the leak was noticed near Vadrai coast in Palghar, close to Mumbai.
“Officers from the Maharashtra Maritime Board in addition to Coast Guard personnel are on the spot, making an attempt to plug the leak as and when the tide permits,” Kadam mentioned.
The Coast Guard mentioned in a press release that Gal Constructor was carrying roughly 78 kilo litres of Excessive Flash Excessive Pace Diesel (HFHSD) however had no crude oil on board, and no breach of oil tank was reported.
The barge had been deployed by contractor agency Afcons on behalf of state-run ONGC to service its oil and gasoline fields close to the Mumbai coast.
The corporate organized Seacare which has laid a growth of 400 metres across the barge whereas two gasoline barges have been employed for the elimination of oil, the Coast Guard mentioned.
“No oil spill has been reported on shore as of now,” the discharge added.
The state of affairs was being carefully monitored and the district administration is on alert in case oil reaches the shore and clean-up is required, it mentioned.