Mumbai, Aug.9 (ANI): Maharashtra Minister for Transport Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Monday said that the port authorities of India should enhance their managerial equipments in order to cope up with disasters and the latest incident was a wake up call for them.
Two Panamanian ships collided just off Mumbai’s coast on Saturday (August 7). One ship carrying a cargo of diesel and lubricant oil capsized, triggering an oil slick that spread over an area of two nautical miles.
On Monday, teams from the Indian Navy and Coast Guard were attempting to contain the oil spill off the coast of Mumbai with concerns rising that the slick may spread.
The port, one of the busiest in the country, has suspended operations and fishermen have been advised not to venture out.
According to the environmentalists, if oil reaches the ocean bed, it can take about two years to scavenge the water.
Marine life, which includes sea lions, pelican, seagulls, sea urchins, and seaweed are adversely affected by spills. (ANI)
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