The Coast Guard has raised concern over possible spillage of oil from Tug JIN HWA 32, a cargo vessel that ran aground off the Chilika lake on August 9.
The Coast has apprised the State Government about the threat to the eco-sensitive coastal zone off the Chilika lake and the Odisha coast due to possible leakage from the Malaysian cargo ship, which contains 30,000 litres of diesel, 1,000 litres of lube oil and 200 litres of hydraulic oil.
The Coast Guard has also written to the company which owns the vessel, asking it to prevent any leak of oil.
“You are hereby warned under Section 356(J) 1(B) of the Indian Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 to ensure all necessary measures are undertaken to prevent any leakage of oil from Tug JIN HWA 32 causing oil pollution in the area,” the Coast Guard has written in the letter, which was faxed on Wednesday.
“Hence, you are advised to undertake above action on priority either through a local agent or any other professional salvor. Non compliance of the same will entail this Headquarters to take action under section 356(K) of part XI of Indian Merchant Shipping Act, 1958,” the letter read.
Notably, the cargo ship, which was heading towards Visakhapatnam, had drifted towards the Odisha coast due to a storm in the Bay of Bengal. Since then, the vessel has been anchored near the Rajhans island close to the Chilika lake under the Krushnaprasad police limits in Puri district.