Experts be part of efforts to salvage burning tanker off Sri Lanka’s coast

Colombo, September 6

A workforce of consultants from a Singapore-based firm is becoming a member of efforts to salvage an oil tanker that went up in flames in Sri Lanka’s jap waters, the nation’s navy stated on Sunday, a day after the hearth was introduced below management with India’s assist.

The Sri Lanka Navy stated the industrial homeowners of the tanker had appointed a global Singapore-based firm as its salvage professional.

Two extra giant tugboats that may deal with crude oil tankers have already left Singapore and Mauritius to affix the salvage operations of Panama-registered tanker MT New Diamond that caught fireplace on Thursday.

The ship was carrying 2,70,000 metric tonnes of crude oil from Kuwait to India. The Sri Lanka Navy on Friday confirmed {that a} Filipino sailor died within the boiler explosion within the engine room of the ship.

Indian ships are supporting the Sri Lanka Navy to douse the flames on the tanker off the coast of Sangamankanda within the jap district of Ampara. The fireplace has been introduced below management however remains to be not extinguished.

In this picture supplied by Sri Lanka Air Force, a chopper helps battle the hearth on MT New Diamond off the jap coast of Sri Lanka within the Indian Ocean on Saturday, September 5, 2020. PTI

Some 5 ships of the Indian coast guard and one Indian Navy ship had been nonetheless engaged in firefighting, the Navy stated.

The Sri Lanka Navy and others, who had joined the rescue operations, are persevering with to make use of extinguishing brokers and water to douse the hearth. The operation was carried out in protected waters 40 nautical miles away from the shores, the Navy stated.

It stated a further 10 professionals from the UK and the Netherlands with experience in rescue operations, catastrophe analysis, and authorized session will likely be arriving within the nation on Sunday.

For the primary time for the reason that accident, 20 crew members who had been rescued will join with their households over the phone, it stated.

“The joint disaster relief operation, which is being carried out on the instruction of experts, has successfully contained the spread of the ship’s fire and there is no report of the ship leaking oil into the sea,” the Navy stated.

The Navy stated on Saturday that they had been assisted by the Air Force and the Ports Authority in addition to the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard who had been working collectively.

The catastrophe reduction operation was joined by the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sarang, ICGS Sujay, TTT One — a tug outfitted with firefighting tools {and professional} firefighters, and 02 Dornier plane of Indian Coast Guard for the reason that earlier evening, it stated in an announcement.

The tanker had 23 crew members — 18 Filipinos and 5 Greeks. Twenty-two of the 23-member crew had been safely rescued off the tanker. PTI

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