A merchant vessel collided with another vessel at around 10 am on Saturday causing a minor oil spill near the Mumbai coastline.
The Indian coast guards deployed a helicopter and a ship to control pollution in the area. Thirty three crew members were evacuated by the Coast Guard Ship and Tug Vamsee III.
According to the Indian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Mumbai, MSC Chitra, an outbound Panama flagged merchant vessel from JNPT, collided with inbound MV Khalijia III, which was carrying oil and coal.
“The incident took place when MV Khalija III was entering the anchorage and MSC Chitra was leaving,” said Captain M Nambiar, Chief PRO (Defence). The exact reason of collision is yet to be ascertained, he said.
After the collision, the container vessel MSC Chitra got grounded in the vicinity of Prongs Reef Light house.
Captain Nambiar said the coast guard rescued all 33 crew members on board MSC Chitra. The Regional Operational Centre alerted the coast guards, which diverted ICGS Kamala Devi for rendering assistance.
On July 19, the coast guards had rescued merchant vessel MV Khalijia III, with 28 crew members including six foreign nationals, from sinking about eight miles from Mumbai coast in a late night operation.
The vessel was on its way to Mumbai Port Trust to unload steel coils from China. A team of experts is currently working to salvage both the ships.
On March 23, a merchant ship collided with Indian Coast Guard vessel ICGS Vivek at the Mumbai Port Trust.
The merchant vessel reportedly lost control and rammed into Indian Coast Guard ship. Several sailors were injured in the accident.