04 July 2011

Seasonal distribution and contamination levels of total PHCs, PAHs and heavy metals in coastal waters of the Alang–Sosiya ship scrapping yard, Gulf of Cambay, India:


Alang–Sosiya situated on the Gulf of Cambay is one of the largest ship breaking yard in the world. The seasonal distribution and contamination levels of dissolved and/or dispersed total petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs), total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals in seawater during high tide are investigated. The concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons and heavy metals are higher in the winter than in the monsoon and summer. The concentrations of total PHCs and PAHs are about three times higher in the winter and two times in the monsoon or summer at Along–Sosiya and about twice in all seasons at two stations one on either side 5 km away from it as compared to the reference station at Mahuva, 60 km away towards the south. Further, the levels of PHCs are correlated with salinity and compared with those of other regions. The concentration of all metals is the highest in the winter season followed by the monsoon and summer. We carried out the quantitative analysis of the possible relationships among 13 variables such as Al, Fe, Pb, Mn, Cu, Zn, Cd, Cr, Co, pH, , NO2 and .

Keywords: Petroleum hydrocarbons; Heavy metal; Seasonal effects; Ship scrapping yard; Alang–Sosiya; Gulf of Cambay

Article Outline:
1. Introduction
2. Study area
3. Materials and methods
4. Results and discussion
4.1. Petroleum hydrocarbons
4.2. Heavy metals
4.3. Correlation analysis
4.4. Cluster analysis
5. Conclusions

Journal Title: Chemosphere
Volume 61, Issue 11, December 2005, Pages 1587-1593

Received 18 November 2004; revised 15 April 2005; accepted 18 April 2005.  Available online 29 June 2005.

M. Srinivasa Reddy, Shaik Basha, H.V. Joshi and G. Ramachandraiah,

Author Affiliation: Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Gijubhai Badheka Marg, Bhavnagar 364 002, Gujarat, India

Corresponding Author: Tel.: +91 278 2567760;
Fax: +91 278 2566970/2567562.

Source: Science Direct

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