Traffic at two of India's busiest ports, Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, was suspended as government replica breitling watches agencies such as the Coast Guard fight to limit the damage caused by the oil spill due to the collision of two ships in the Arabian Sea last week.
The spill has led to suspension of fishing, hurting nearly 6,000 fishermen in the region, and has damaged mangroves, forcing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to call for a report on the event. The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has been advised not to use the sea water as coolant until it is cleared of oil.
It is not clear when full-fledged traffic would resume at these two ports, which account for about 40% of the country's exports. MSC Chitra "is dangerously listed to the port side, which has resulted in falling off of about 120 containers from its deck and heavy oil spillage is sighted from her fuel tanks", said a statement from the Directorate General of Shipping. "The vessel had 31 containers on the deck loaded with dangerous cargo. It is not clear whether these containers have also fallen off, but considering that the replica watches uk vessel is almost heeled over, it would be fair to assume, these containers would fall off, if not already in water".
Source : The Economic Times (New Delhi Edition), 10 August 2010
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