A multiday fishing boat (Kalana Putha 1, Registered No IMUL/A/0175/TCO) which ran aground at Coral Point, Ilankanthei, Sampur on 31st October 2017 raised concerns for a possible oils spill due to its Diesel tanks. Thus, Sri Lanka Coast Guard Oil Spill Response Team (OSRT) was dispatched from Colombo to investigate and mitigate the potential threat of an oil spill due to the fractured hull.
The Oil Spill Response Teams, from recently onward has become the focal point to respond for such emergencies island wide. These teams trained under Coast Guard are kept standby at two locations with equipment’s to reach the incident swiftly and promptly. The Coast Guard is planning to expand these teams with more investments and stations in near future.
The Images demonstrates the field activities of OSRT in mitigating the risk of spillage.