Kolkata: The state Forest department is taking possible measures to ensure that damages from the oil spill in water from MV SSL Kolkata, which caught fire in the Bay of Bengal on the night of June 13, can be kept to a minimum.”Oil spill from the cargo ship can be a major threat to the ecosystem of the Sunderbans. Hence, we are taking all possible measures on our part to remove as much oil as possible from the ship,” a senior official of the Sunderban Biosphere Reserve Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed(SBR) said.The Forest department has roped in five agencies that are involved in such transfer of fuel. They will conduct a survey within two or three days and will set up camps on the islands in close proximity of theaffected ship.Following this, they will manually transfer the fuel through small boats with the help of containers and thus remove them.The district magistrate of South 24-Parganas will be the nodal officer for the entire operation.”We have also moblised people from the adjoining villages, who will help people from the agencies in this herculean task that requires a lot of manpower,” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPthe official added.A high-level meeting in this regard has been chaired by Chief Secretary Malay De, which was attended by the concerned agencies like Indian Coastguard, Indian Airforce, Kolkata Port Trust and top officials of the Forest department including SBR director R P Saini.”It is imperative that some portion of the oil will surely spill in the water. However, we are taking these measures so that the spill can be kept to a minimum.Apart from being a threat to ecology, river and sea creatures, greater amount of oil spill may mingle with the water and travel to human habitat area of Gosaba and others,” a senior official said. Experts have already stated that it is impossible to tow the ship and cargo has to be unloaded to avoidoil spill. There is nearly 400 tonne of furnace oil loaded in theaffected ship.The Kolkata Port Trust has already finalised talks with a Singapore-based company which will be sending a big ship for transferring the oil.There are a number of big containers from which manual lifting is impossible.A pipeline will be created and oil from the affected ship will be transferred to this ship.However, it will take more than 8 days for the ship to reach the spot.The oil spill may also endanger hilsa breeding and marine conditions around Haldia area in East Midnapore district of Bengal.