M T Genessa tanker catches fire off Gujarat coast, no oil spill reported

M T Genessa tanker | Photo twitter: Indian Coast Guard
No oil spill has been reported from the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker that caught fire yesterday off the Gujarat coast, an official said on Thursday.

Efforts were underway to douse the flames on the M T 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 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.

A Major fire broke out on board Oil Tanker 'M T Genessa' anchored 14 Nautical Miles off Kandla Port #Gujarat. 26 crew rescued, 02 crew with major burns shifted to hospital at Mundra. Fire fighting continues with 11 tugs. 04 ships of @IndiaCoastGuard on scene @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/2cdq75LNRP

— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) January 18, 2018
"#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.

'M T Genessa' Fire off Kandla Port. Hot Spots temperature brought down to 40 & 25 degree Celsius on port/stbd side respectively. Boundary cooling in progress. @IndiaCoastGuard hovercraft deployed for shoreline assessment for oil traces

(if any) @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/lmsuI4Hg2M

— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) January 18, 2018

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