Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Images: Mumbai haunted by mystery ships

Images: Mumbai haunted by mystery ships


In August 2010, two ships – MSC Chitra (in picture) and MV Khalija – collided off the coast of Mumbai, causing an oil spill. MSC Chitra also bore a Panama flag. Environmentalists are concerned that these ships might be carrying hazardous waste such as depleted uranium


In June, a 175-meter-long MV Wisdom, which was being tugged to the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat from Colombo, broke away due to rough weather and drifted onto the Mumbai coastline to Juhu beach, where it ran aground. The ship eventually tugged back out to sea


On August 1 MV Pavit, an unmanned Panama-flagged cargo vessel, ran aground at Juhu beach. Though there were no reports of oil leaks, defense commentators were alarmed that the ship breached the three-tier coastal security wall and floated into Indian waters undetected. MV Pavit had apparently been abandoned by its crew off the coast of Oman and drifted for nearly 100 days before running aground in Mumbai



The merchant ship MV Rak, which sank off the Mumbai coast, was carrying 325 tons of oil. Defense officials estimate that oil is leaking out of the sunken vessel at the rate of nearly 2 tons per hour. The slick has spread to 7 nautical miles around the vessel.


Oil from the sinking ship MV Rak has contaminated the coastline of Mumbai at Juhu Beach. Environmentalists are worried that the slick will damage the coastal mangrove belt and affect the livelihoods of fisherfolk in the region.


A man displays his hands contaminated by oil leaking from MV Rak. Two Indian coast guard ships were using chemicals to clean up the oil spread over an area of seven nautical miles, said Navy spokesman Captain Manohar Nambiar.


A man walks with his monkey on the Juhu beach contaminated by oil leaking from MV Rak, a merchant ship that sank off the Arabian Sea August 4


Oil spilled by the sinking merchant ship MV Rak smears Mumbai’s Juhu Beach. Coast Guard officials said the ship, which sank August 4, was estimated to be carrying about 325 tons of fuel oil and 56 tons of diesel


A crew member is winched onto an Indian Navy rescue helicopter from the sinking merchant ship MV Rak.


An Indian Navy helicopter performs rescue operations as merchant ship MV Rak sinks in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai August 4. Navy and coast guard helicopters and ships have rescued the 30-member crew from the sinking ship that was traveling from Indonesia to Gujarat. (AP Photo/India Defense Ministry, HO)
M V Rak Carrier, bearing a Panama flag, is a 220-meter (722-feet) long vessel transporting 60,000 tons of coal from Indonesia to India, went down about 22 nautical miles from India's financial and entertainment capital hours after it made an emergency distress call.


An Indian Navy helicopter performs rescue operations as merchant ship MV Rak sinks in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai August 4. Navy and coast guard helicopters and ships have rescued the 30-member crew from the sinking ship that was traveling from Indonesia to Gujarat. 

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