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Merchant vessels collide near very sensitive marine diversity reserve in Gulf of Kutch

Two merchant vessels (MVs) with at least 44 crew members from India and the Philippines on their boards collided in the Gulf of Kutch in the Arabian sea off the Gujarat coast but no casualty or oil slick has been reported in the incident which occurred in the area considered to be a very sensitive marine diversity reserve, officials said on Saturday.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is continuously monitoring the area of collision for an oil spill, if any, they said.

The collision between oil/chemical tanker MV Atlantic Grace and bulk carrier MV Aviator occurred around 21:30 hours on November 26 in the area considered to be a very sensitive marine diversity reserve, the ICG said in a release.

ICG ships and a helicopter deployed for area assessment have reported no oil spills or marine pollution from both the MVs, it said.

MV Atlantic Grace (of Hong Kong origin) had 22 Indian crew members on board, while MV Aviator (from the Marshall Island) had 22 members from the Philippines, it said.

As soon as the information was received, the ICG deployed two ships to assess the area, as it is a “very sensitive marine diversity reserve”.

Source
ET Energy World
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