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Marine disaster guaranteed if oil spills

19 May 2017 05:45am IST

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19 May 2017 05:45am IST

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The partially sunk dry dock could lead to a oil spill in Vasco Bay

VASCO: The Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida have asked Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) authorities to initiate an action plan to refloat the dry dock of Western India Shipyard Limited which partially sank on Wednesday  and to avoid a possible marine disaster due to a possible oil spill.     

Speaking to reporters in Vasco on Thursday, Almeida said he was shocked to note the floating dry dock at WISL which was showing sign of distress for the last few months had partially sank. He said “It was the prime responsibility of WISL management as well as MPT to ensure that they did not act in a careless manner and responded well before the dry dock could partially sink. Now as a portion of the dry dock has already sunk, there are high chances that oil and other pollutants from the dry dock might spill and lead to massive marine pollution. If such thing happen then whole of Vasco bay will be polluted and a large number of fishermen operating from Khariwado will be affected.” 

He further added “The incident has already been reported and MPT have already filed a  police complaint against the WISL management for the laxity due to which a part of the dry dock has sunk. Now we expect the MPT to expedite and initiate stringent action plan in order to refloat dry dock and to avoid a possible marine disaster due to oil spill. Since this is a serious issue , I am taking up the issue before Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and District Disaster management authority so that necessary directions can be issued before a oil spill can take place.”   

Meanwhile in a surprising move, the Chairperson of Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) Deepak Naik has also decided to file a police complaint against WISL management for the laxity and negligence due to which the part of floating dry dock at WISL has sunk. “I was surprised to note that the WISL workers alerted the MPT and WISL management about the dilapidated condition of the floating dry dock and possibility of it sinking. What is more surprising is that neither MPT nor WISL management took the issue seriously and today we fear a massive marine disaster due to a possible oil spill” Naik said.

He further said “Earlier on behalf of citizens of Vasco I had filed a complaint against the concerned officials of the cruise liner MV QING, which also showed sign of distress and finally got grounded after tilting towards the cruise berth side. I am surprised that no action was initiated against the culprits responsible in the grounding of cruise liner that still contains 350 tons of oil and now with the sinking of floating dry dock, the threat to marine environment has doubled. I feel that likewise in the case of cruise liner, even the dry dock was purposely allowed to tilt and only to cheat the government by making a case fit for cheating the insurance company, besides endangering public life and property. I therefore on behalf of citizens of Vasco will be filing an FIR against WISL management for negligence and creating fear of pollution at Vasco bay and endangering Public Life and Property” 

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