Sept 09, Colombo: A special program has been implemented to minimize the environmental damage caused by the damaged oil pipeline on the buoy in the sea.
The buoy pumps oil from tanker ships in deep sea off Uswetakeiyawa in the north of Colombo port to the Muthurajawela oil storage facility.
The mixing of petroleum leaking from the burst pipeline of the buoy with the sea water has been contained now, the authorities said. Measures have been taken to prevent oil leak from spreading to the coast and especially to the Dikowita harbor.
Officers of the oil spill control unit of the Dikowita branch of the Coast Guard Department on the instructions of the Sri Lanka Navy and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation have begun containing the oil spill from Uswetakeiyawa coast towards Dikowita
A pipe in the buoy began to leak spilling oil into the sea when crude oil was being unloaded from a ship last night. The Navy along with other agencies took immediate measures to contain the spill and it is being contained now.
The two Coast Guard ships recently received from Japan Samudra Raksha and Samaraksha have also been deployed for the spill containment.
Assistance of experts at the Marine Environment Protection Authority has also been obtained and more than 300 Navy and Coastguard personnel have been deployed to carry out the operation.