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Collision leads to oil spill off Mumbai

Collision leads to oil spill off Mumbai

Mumbai: The Coast Guard personnel rescued 33 crew members from two merchant vessels on Saturday morning, after they collided off the Mumbai harbour resulting in an oil spill in the vicinity of the Prongs Reef Lighthouse.??The mishap occurred at 9.50 am, when a Panama-flagged merchant vessel MSC Chitra -- which had left Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) -- rammed into MV Khalijia-3, carrying the Saint Kitts and Nevis flag. At that time, MV Khalijia-3 was sailing into a berth at the JNP. ??Following the collision, the container vessel MSC Chitra tilted sharply and got grounded near Prongs Reef Lighthouse, located four nautical miles off Colaba in south Mumbai. The Coast Guard officials attributed the oil spill to the ship's tilt. ??While Mundra Port-bound MSC Chitra was carrying containers, MV Khalijia was loaded with 30,000 tons of steel coils. Traffic at Mumbai harbour was suspended after the collision.??Saturday's the second occasion during the past three weeks when MV Khalijia-3 was involved in a mishap off the Mumbai harbour. On July 19, the same vessel carrying a cargo of steel coils was grounded off Mumbai's coast, after water entered its holds through a leak. [09/08/10]?

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