Madras High Court on Friday directed the coast guard and Tamil Nadu Police to register a FIR against the owners of the two cargo ships, that led to the spilling of at least 20 tonnes of oil near Chennai.

Madras HC, while responding to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a local fisherman said that both the vessels responsible for the collision should be named in the FIR.

The oil spill near Chennai, caused by the collision of two cargo ships- MT BW Maple carrying liquefied petroleum gas and MT Dawn Kanchipuram, with petroleum oil lubricants on board – on Saturday, has led to the spilling of oil.

The collision took place outside Tamil Nadu’s Kamarajar Port on Saturday morning at 4 AM.

According to experts, the spill has resulted in leakage of Benzene in the sea water of the area that can have extremely dangerous implications on marine life like whales and turtles and also the likely loss of habitat along the coastline.