Reasons for marine pollution explained

At ‘pollution response seminar-cum-workshop’

Tuticorin: The Indian Coast Guard Station, Tuticorin, has organised a ‘pollution response seminar-cum-workshop’ to take stock of the preparedness in combating the likelihood or possible threat of marine pollution along the coastal districts of Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari. The programme was organised on the premises of ICGS here on Tuesday.

Stating various reasons for marine pollution, Commandant Udhal Singh, Station Commander, Coast Guard Station, Tuticorin, who inaugurated the session, said that the entire stretch of 190 km coastal line from Kilakarai (Ramanathapuram district) to Kanyakumari could face an environmental threat, owing to oil spill which might happen because of transportation by shipping of huge quantity of crude oil to the Tuticorin Port Trust.

TIPS:Commandant Udhal Singh, Station Commander, Coast Guard Station, Tuticorin, addressing a seminar on Tuesday.

Harmful to aquaculture

Marine pollution might happen due to collision, grounding of tanker carrying oil, discharge of residues and oil mixture by the ship at sea causing harm to aquaculture.

Agencies

The sensitive marine animals were also facing annihilation because of the polluted waters at sea. “Some of the resource agencies which are required to support Coast Guard in regard to duties of Central Coordinating Agencies for response to marine pollution are Indian Navy, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), oil refineries, Oil India Limited, major ports, Ministry of Surface Transport, Ministry of Environmental and Forest, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Ocean Development, coastal state authorities, DG Shipping, Mercantile Marine Department, Shipping Corporation of India and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, he said.

“These are required to be in possession of requisite equipment in combating any oil pollution at sea”, Mr. Udhal Singh added. The Coast Guard personnel made a presentation of various risk factors against a backdrop of oil spillage at sea. They also explained the methodology of detecting the oil spill, which could be executed under the influence of air surveillance.

Meanwhile, several search operations for surveying the possible oil slick movement were shown, with power point presentation.

Special measures were being taken to protect the coastal environment from pollution by mass cleaning of shoreline along the coast. The consequences of marine activities following the accidental risk of oil spill were also highlighted during the schedule.

The personnel from the coordinating agencies enunciated the oil spill disaster contingency plan.

Representatives from the district administration, IOC, Tuticorin Port Trust, SPIC Limited, Fisheries Department and Coastal State Board participated.

From The Hindu

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