Two cargo ships collided off Mumbai, the MSC Chitra and Khalijia, resulting in a large number of cargo containers sliding overboard and a sizable oil spill. The MSC Chitra listed sharply to the port side after the collision causing the spill. It was carrying 1219 containers, 2662 tons of fuel, 283 tons of diesel and 88040 liters of lubricant oil.
The spreading oil slick is causing concern along the coastline, including along the mangrove belt. Containing the spill is difficult due to the weather and tidal conditions.
The floating containers are also causing a navigation hazard in the port area.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the two ships were on different communication channels instead of on the same channel.