Fire engulfs oil tanker MT Genessa off Gujarat's Kandla port; Coast Guard rescues 26 crew members

No oil spill has been reported from the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker that caught fire on Wednesday off the Gujarat coast

PTI January 18, 2018 16:38:29 IST
Fire engulfs oil tanker MT Genessa off Gujarat's Kandla port; Coast Guard rescues 26 crew members

Ahmedabad: No oil spill has been reported from the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker that caught fire on Wednesday off the Gujarat coast, an official said on Thursday.

Fire engulfs oil tanker MT Genessa off Gujarats Kandla port Coast Guard rescues 26 crew members

File image of MT Genessa. Twitter @IndiaCoastGuard

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

The official said water sampling has not shown any oil spill so far in the Arabian Sea from the tanker, anchored 15 nautical miles off the Deendayal Port in Kandla.

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 on Thursday said no oil spill has been reported so far from the tanker.

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

"Indian Coast Guard living upto their motto 'Vayam Rakshamah' worked tirelessly through the night, garnering and guiding resources from govt and pvt agencies in vicinity averted potential disaster at sea dousing fire that engulfed MT Genessa anchored off Kandla," he said.

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.

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