Sunken ship threatens ridleys in Orissa
October 2009: A cargo ship operating under a Mongolian flag capsized off the Paradip harbour in Orissa on September 9, 2009. The ship is believed to have been carrying around 25,000 tonnes of powdery iron ore and over 900 tonnes of fuel oil. Port authorities claim that the required steps have been taken to prevent spillage and potential pollution.
The accident site is near the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, well-known as one of the world’s last remaining mass nesting sites of olive ridley sea turtles. Even small amounts of contamination could affect jelly fish, molluscs and shrimps that the turtles feed on. It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will take note of the threats posed to turtles when considering the controversial Dhamra Port.