An injured crew member of the oil tanker that caught fire on Wednesday evening died on Thursday, even as efforts were on to bring the blaze on the ship under control, off Gujarat’s Kandla port.
A massive fire broke out in the MT Genessa anchored around 14 nautical miles off Deendayal Port Kandla on Wednesday and all the 26 crew members were rescued. The product tanker was carrying 30,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel.
Two members sustained severe injuries and one of them died at a hospital, Abhishek Matiman, defence spokesperson of the Gujarat region, said. “The fire has been doused but smoke is still coming out from hot spots. So, the operation is still on to cool down hot spots to prevent any mishap or further damage,” Matiman said.
“Hot Spots temperature brought down to 40 & 25 degree Celsius on port/stbd side respectively. Boundary cooling is in progress. IndiaCoastGuard hovercraft deployed for shoreline assessment for oil traces (sic),” the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) tweeted on Thursday.
While the ICG has been leading the fire fighting efforts, nine Tugs from KPT, Reliance, Essar, Adani and ICG Dornier have been pressed to douse the flames on the oil tanker. Water sampling of the ocean shows no sign of oil spilling, the Defence Ministry informed.
Sea News, January 19