ICG received information from MRCC Colombo in late hours of June 16, 21 regarding a mid sea oil spill about 450 Km South East of Chennai. On further investigation, it was revealed that a Portugese Flag Container ship MV Devon on passage from Colombo to Haldia (West Bengal), developed an underwater crack in the left side fuel tank containing about 120 KL of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO).
The crack resulted in spillage of about 10 KL of Oil into Sea before preventive action was taken and remaining oil in tank was transferred to another tank by Ship’s crew. The vessel is carrying 10795 Tonnes of general cargo in 382 containers and manned by 17 crew of mixed nationality. The Container ship is continuing her voyage to Haldia & likely to reach PM 18 Jun 21. ICG is in continuous contact with MV Devon and master has reported that the vessel is stable. ICG Pollution response team at Chennai has been alerted and kept standby. In addition, ICG ships & aircraft deployed at sea are also put on alert in pollution response configuration.