Mangaluru: The Indian Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation around the stranded merchant vessel MV Princess Miral off the coast of Mangaluru, for any probable oil leaks from the ship. The district administration, along with other stakeholders, has extended its support and is coordinating shoreline cleanup in the event of an oil spill.
DIG SB Venkatesh, Commander Coast Guard, Karnataka said that constant monitoring is undertaken by coast guard planes and ships, in the areas around the ship, and on land, for the fight against pollution, since June 21.
A fully equipped pollution control vessel, ICGS Samudra Pavak from Porbandar, arrived in Mangaluru on Saturday morning and joined the pollution response operation at sea, along with Coast Guard ships and planes. Nine Coast Guard vessels and resource agencies, and three Coast Guard aircraft, are on a mission for sea assessment and surveillance off the coast of Mangaluru.
The Netravati River is close to the ship, which is beached near the shore, and therefore, as a precautionary measure, the mouth of the river has been barricaded from the sea side, using inflatable booms, to prevent the containment of the river, in the event of a leak. ship’s oil.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra said about 140 people from various departments had been trained and participated in a mock exercise on Saturday. In the event of an eventuality, such as an oil spill, responders have been trained to deal with the situation and protect shorelines and water, he said.