A collision between two oil tankers caused the oil spill on Oct 25
The Department of Environment (DoE) fined the owner of a lighter oil tanker Tk3 crore on the charge of polluting the environment by spilling heavy fuel into the Karnaphuli River, as the lighter vessel collided with a stationary vegetable oil tanker on Friday.
Azadur Rahman Mollick, DoE director of Chittagong metropolitan, slapped the fine on the errant lighter vessel “Desh-1” following a hearing held at the DoE office on Sunday.
The errant lighter vessel was also asked to pay the fine without any delay.
DoE assistant director SangjuctaDas Gupta told the Dhaka Tribune that a team from the DoE visited the spot on Saturday and found heavy fuel oil spilled into the river.
“Later, the DoE issued a notice to the owner of the errant lighter oil tanker to attend a hearing. The owner of the lighter vessel was fined with Tk3 crore for polluting the environmentby spilling heavy fuel oil,” added the DoE official.
The accident took place at the river’s Padma Jetty on Friday when Khulna bound oil tanker Desh-1 carrying 1200 tons of diesel collided with vegetable oil tanker City-38 which was anchored at Padma jetty.
Following the accident, the port authorities seized the vessels and handed those over to Bangladesh Coast Guard.