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Indian navy hunts hazardous containers

Indian navy hunts hazardous containers

Mumbai:  A hundred of the 250 odd containers that had drifted from the vessel MSC Chitra, which was involved in a collision off Mumbai 11 days ago, have gone missing. Two of these containers are carrying hazardous chemical substances. The Navy is conducting a survey of the sea using sonar equipment to try and trace the containers with the help of a salvage team called in from Singapore. The containers, the Navy team says, could be stuck on the ocean bed.?The MSC Chitra collided with another ship MV Khalijia on August 7 and has been grounded in the Arabian Sea since then off the Mumbai coast. The ship tilted precariously from the impact of the collision. While oil poured out into the sea through a leak, some containers too detatched from the ship. ?The oil leak was only plugged after hundreds of tonnes of crude oil were already spilt. As a result of this, both Mumbai Port and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) were shut for many days.  [18/08/10]

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