The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has mobilised its own oil spill response equipment with a dedicated team to cater to any untoward oil pollution caused by the aground ship at Tenneti Park beach. The vessel contains 50MT of oil on board. The operation to re-float the ship will take place once the oil aboard it has been removed so as to avoid risk of causing an oil spill at the shore.
The vessel from Bangladesh MV MAA had parted her anchor chain and drifted ashore due to strong winds and the impact of cyclonic conditions on the night of October 12. The vessel had anchored at Vizag port on September 19 in ballast condition to load 2,800MT of quartzite before heading to the Port of Mongla in Bangladesh.
The vessel owner’s protection and indemnity (P&I) club appointed MS Gill Marine on October 13 to remove fuel oil from the vessel. The company has obtained the necessary permission from various government authorities to begin the rescue operations.
Since there is no road access to the site of grounded vessel, a temporary road was laid on Thursday to mobilise men and material.