AHMEDABAD: One of the rescued crew members who suffered burn injuries onboard the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker that caught fire yesterday off the Gujarat coast has died in hospital.
No oil spill has been reported off the coast, an official said today.
Efforts were underway to douse the flames on the MT Genessa tanker which was carrying 30,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel, he said.
The official said water sampling has not shown any oil spill so far in the Arabian Sea from the tanker, anchored 15 nautical miles off the Deendayal Port in Kandla.
The fire in the oil tanker's crew compartment was reported last evening. The Indian Coast Guard had evacuated all the 26 crew members, two of whom suffered burn injuries.
Efforts on to cool down hot spots to obviate any mishap/further damage. A bird's eye view of the fire fighting effort underway at the scene of action. Pretty picture of jointness in combating crisis at sea with active participation from all stake holders.@DefenceMinIndia @CMOGuj pic.twitter.com/kwdZqbU3Cx— PRO Defence Gujarat (@Def_update) January 18, 2018
Defence PRO, Gujarat region, Abhishek Matiman today said no oil spill has been reported so far from the tanker.
Matiman said the Coast Guard worked tirelessly throughout the night to avert any potential disaster.
#IndiaCoastGuard living upto their motto 'Vayam Rakshamah' worked tirelessly through the night, garnering & guiding resources frm Govt and pvt agencies in vicinity averted potential disaster at sea dousing fire that engulfed MT Genessa anchored off Kandla. (1/2) @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/mMx5bIFdjW— PRO Defence Gujarat (@Def_update) January 18, 2018
Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-403 is at the scene and the maritime security agency's pollution control team has been activated, an official earlier said.
A Dornier aircraft has been pressed into service to ascertain the extent of the fire, he said.
(With inputs from ANI)