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SSL Kolkata oil cleanup and salvage work starts

Shreyas Shipping and Logistics have started the oil cleanup and salvage works for the company’s grounded boxship  SSL Kolkata following a major explosion and fire onboard the vessel on June 13.

According to the latest update by Shreyas Shipping, the vessel remains aground in soft mud some 7.5 nautical miles off the the Sunderbans in West Bengali waters. A team from Oil Spill Response has now arrived on site and is in the process of managing the counter pollution response.

Salvage contractor SMIT Salvage has mobilised their SMIT Borneo platform which is currently en route to the casualty site to assist with remaining bunker, cargo, and debris removal operations.

A specialist cleanup contractor, Le Floch Depollution, has also been retained and are currently on site in the event of an oil leakage.

The vessel has developed a list to starboard, with the deck now partly submerged.

“The removal of bunker fuel and cargo remain a priority, with the primary aim of protecting the marine environment and preventing any pollution from cargo or fuel oil. Shreyas takes its environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and with partner agencies and contractors is making every effort to ensure that this situation is brought to a safe and timely conclusion, despite the very challenging monsoon season conditions which are currently being faced,” Shreyas Shipping said in a release.

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Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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