MV Rak mishap: India to witness oil spill damage?

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Mumbai, Aug 6: The oil spill caused due to the sinking of MV Rak is likely to show up soon along Mumbai shores, said DG Shipping Sources.

According to sources, there are efforts to remove the oil spill soon but the whole operation would be a heavy blow since it would expensive.

According to sources the owner of ship is refusing to respond to calls, hence making it compulsive to put the burden on the not polluter and the taxpayer to pay for removing oil.

A FIR has been filed against the owner, captain and the crew members of the Merchant Vessel that sank on Aug 4 off the Mumbai Coast.

"An FIR was registered against the owner, captain and crew members under IPC section 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others)," said, Tanaji Ghadge, Deputy Police Commissioner (Port Zone).

"Such oil layers are found whenever any ship sinks. It is very negligible. It will not create any major environmental problems," said a Coast Guard official after a layer of oil was seen at the sea.

"Some drums and light materials on the vessel started floating which may cause problems to other ships passing through navigational channel. Mariners have been alerted about this," said the official.

MV Rak which was on its way to Dahej in Gujarat from Tutung, Indonesia was carrying 60, 000 tonnes of coal and had 30 crew on-board from Jordan, Indonesia and Romania. They were rescued by defence force before it sank.

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