An oil tanker and a clinker-laden cargo ship have collided in Barisal’s Kirtonkhola river on Friday morning.
The collision between the Barisal-bound oil tanker from Chittagong MT Fazal and Narayanganj-bound clinker-laden cargo from India MV Maa Babar Doa took place near Char Kawa.
The collision had caused a rupture in the tanker through which around 200 litres of oil spilled in the river. Prompt action from the tanker’s crew has helped to avoid further spill.
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Damaged part of the oil tanker MT Fazal Dhaka Tribune
Naval Police acting in-charge Sub Inspector Md Harun told the Dhaka Tribune that the tanker had 132,000 tonnes of diesel on board at the time of the collision while the cargo was carrying about 1064 tonnes of clinkers.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Deputy Director Azmal Huda Sarker Mithu said soon after the collision, oil began to spill in the river through a fissure developed in a chamber of the tanker.
“Tanker’s crew arrived at the scene in no time and shifted the reserved oil to another chamber to avoid spill,” the BIWTA official added.
The cargo and the tanker were shored to Char Kawa and Chadmari areas respectively, he added.
While talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Master of MT Fazal Zamshedur Rahman alleged that the cargo vessel could not receive the signal sent from the tanker as there was no pilot on board.
Sukani (assistant to the pilot) of MV Maa Babar Doa Md Ershad Ali admitted the allegation and said the pilot was supposed to board from Barisal's Kaukhali but could not manage to be on time.