Oil tanker authorities ignored hearth warnings, Lankan courtroom advised


Colombo, September 12

The authorities of the oil tanker that went up in flames off Sri Lanka’s jap waters appeared to have uncared for warnings from the crew on attainable hearth on board, a Sri Lankan courtroom has heard.

The Panama registered MT (Motor Tanker) New Diamond, a Greek-owned vessel and below constitution by the Indian Oil Corporation, was carrying almost two million barrels of crude oil from Mina Al Ahmadi port in Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip when it caught hearth off the coast of Sangamankanda in Ampara district on Thursday final. A Filipino crew member died and one other was injured within the mishap.

The Incident

  • The Panama registered MT New Diamond, a Greek-owned vessel and below constitution by the Indian Oil Corporation, was carrying almost two million barrels of crude oil
  • It was coming from Mina Al Ahmadi port in Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip when it caught hearth off the coast of Sangamankanda in Ampara district on Thursday final

The hearth was doused in a joint operation of the Indian and Sri Lankan forces on Sunday final. But a brand new hearth broke out inside hours as a consequence of excessive warmth and robust winds. After the second hearth was introduced below management on Wednesday, the tanker was towed away from the positioning.

According to the Lankan Navy, a slender diesel patch, one km from the ship, was seen on Monday night and an Indian Coast Guard plane sprayed dispersants to minimise potential harm to the marine surroundings.

The state authorities sought courtroom’s permission to acquire oil samples on board the vessel to hold out exams to confirm that the oil leaks seen within the surrounding sea space had been these from the tanker. — PTI



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