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India fears oil and chemical spill from ship could reach its coral-rich south coast | India News


The sinking of the burned-out container ship laden with chemicals on Wednesday raised concerns among Indian authorities over contamination reaching the coral-rich south coast.
The crash site is 300 km from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Indian investigators are keeping a close eye on it. An official at the National Center for Coastal Research, a laboratory under the Ministry of Earth Sciences that monitors and performs coral restoration work in the Gulf of Mannar, said there are so far no signs of pollutants near Indian shores. .
Meanwhile, researchers from India’s National Center for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad, another MoES lab, said they would run a prediction model of the trajectory of an oil spill once they get data on initial conditions and the spill. of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
The fire aboard the ship was put out after eight days of fighting by three ICG ships and four Sri Lankan tugs. ICG’s Samudra Prahari, a specialist pollution response vessel, watches for signs of oil and chemical contamination from the vessel.

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