The collision of two commercial ships, the Aviator and Atlantic Grace collided, in the Gulf of Kutch, has sparked worries of an oil spill. The merchant vessels collided on November 26 night, according to a Gujarat defense officer.
Following the collision of the two merchant ships, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ships were dispatched to the area to keep an eye on the situation.
There were no casualties or oil spills, according to the PRO Defense Gujarat.
“On the night of November 26th, the MVs Aviator and Atlantic Grace collided in GoK. There were no casualties, however, an oil slick was recorded. @IndianCoastGuard ships in the region, including pollution control stand-by in the area and situation monitoring, “In a tweet, the Gujarat military public relations officer said.
The Atlantic Grace measures 183 meters in length overall, while the Aviator measures 140 meters. They are 32 meters and 25 meters wide.
A navigational error caused the commercial vessels to collide, according to reports.
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According to the ICG, no oil leaks or marine pollution have been recorded by its ships or a helicopter sent for area inspection.
The Hong Kong-based MV Atlantic Grace had 22 Indian crew members on board, while the Marshall Islands-based MV Aviator had 22 Filipino crew members.
“The region is being continually watched for any marine pollution eventuality,” the Coast Guard said. “ICG ships/helicopters deployed for area assessment have reported no oil leaks or marine pollution from both commercial vessels,” the Coast Guard added.
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