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Oil slick from cargo vessels affects at least 60 km of Tamil Nadu coastline

14 February 2017

On January 28, two cargo ships collided just outside Kamarajar Port off Ennore, northern Chennai, causing a major oil spill. By February 14, oil was reportedly coming onto beaches 60 km south at the heritage and resort town of Mamallapuram, and fishermen have suspended catches because of the effect of the slick on fish stocks.

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The Indian Coast Guard says the total amount of oil could be around 20 tonnes and the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) said it was asked to provide 
models predicting the trajectory of a 12 tonne slick.

According to The Hindu, more than 2.7 tonnes of oil suppressant have been sprayed on the oil but the slick is still coming ashore and polluting the coastline south of Chennai.

The Coast Guard said their helicopters had been carrying out aerial sorties checking the extent of the spill, and Pollution Control Board officials are reviewing clean-up operations along the affected coastline.

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