05 Aug '11, 12pm

Ship carrying 60,000 tons of coal sinks off Mumbai.

Ship carrying 60,000 tons of coal sinks off Mumbai.

The Statesman/ANN Friday, Aug 05, 2011 MUMBAI - A Gujarat-bound cargo ship, carrying 60,000 tons of coal, sank off Mumbai today. The vessel's 30 crew members were rescued before the ship went down, but the accident has sparked fears of environmental pollution. "The Panama-registered MV Rak has sunk 20 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast due to water in the cargo hull. We suspect that there were holes in the ship which led to water seeping in," inspector general of the Coast Guard, Mr SPS Basra, said. The sinking of the 225-metre-long vessel, which in addition to coal was carrying around 290 tons of fuel oil and 50 tons of diesel, has raised fears of an oil spill. The Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) said it received information from the Mumbai port authorities at 8:00 am, that the vessel had been "adrift" since the early hours of today at the entrance of the Mumbai ha...

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