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The Indian Coast Guard doused a fire that engulfed MT Genessa anchored off Kandla, Gujarat.
Photo by India Coast Guard

No oil spilled from the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker that caught fire Wednesday off the Gujarat coast of India, an official said Thursday.

“Efforts were underway to douse the flames on the MT Genessa tanker which was carrying 30,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel,” he said.

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The official said water sampling has not shown any oil spill so far in the Arabian Sea from the tanker, anchored 15 nautical miles off the Deendayal Port in Kandla.

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The fire in the oil tanker’s crew compartment was reported, and as a result the Indian Coast Guard evacuated all the 26 crew members, two of whom suffered burn injuries.

No oil spill has been reported so far from the tanker.

Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-403 is at the scene and the maritime security agency’s pollution control team has been activated, an official earlier said. A Dornier aircraft has been pressed into service to ascertain the extent of the fire, he said.

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