Sri Lankan Navy, Indian ships battling hearth on board oil tanker, one crew useless

Colombo, September 4

The Sri Lankan Navy with help from Indian ships was battling for a second day on Friday to douse a serious hearth raging on an oil tanker carrying crude from Kuwait to India that left considered one of its 23 crew members useless.

The Sri Lankan Navy on Friday confirmed {that a} Filipino sailor died in a boiler explosion within the engine room of the Panama registered tanker MT New Diamond that caught hearth on Thursday.

The Navy mentioned that 22 of the 23 member crew had been safely rescued off the tanker.

The tanker was carrying 270,000 metric tonnes of crude oil from Kuwait to India when its engine room caught hearth off the coast of Sangamankanda within the jap district of Ampara.

The Navy mentioned that to this point the 270,000 metric tonnes of crude oil it was carrying had not been affected by the fireplace.

“Steps are at the moment being taken to cease the unfold of fireside to the cargo,” it mentioned in a press release.

The Sri Lankan Navy can be taking steps to make sure that there will probably be no seepage of oil to the ocean from the tanker.

The distressed vessel is within the waters 23 nautical miles off the jap coast the place the ocean depth is measured at 3100 metres.

The operation to douse the fireplace resumed early this morning beneath the supervision of the Greek nationwide captain of the tanker.

The Indian Naval Frigate INS Sahyadri joined the operations by 0200 hours on Friday.

The Navy mentioned two extra Indian Coast guard vessels are to affix the rescue operations.

The Indian Coast Guard on Thursday mentioned that it pressed into motion three of its ships and a Dornier plane after the Sri Lankan Navy sought help to regulate the fireplace onboard the oil tanker.

In a swift sea and air coordinated Search and Rescue (SAR) operation, the Coast Guard mentioned it instantly diverted ICG Ships Shaurya, Sarang and Samudra Paheredar, apart from a Dornier plane for the firefight on the oil tanker.

The Sri Lankan Navy mentioned that the 2 Russian vessels which had been docked on the Hambantota port since August 31 and dispatched to the world to affix the rescue operations departed Sri Lankan waters this morning.

On Thursday evening, MV Helen, a vessel crusing within the space, rescued 3 Greeks and 16 Filipino crew members from the distressed vessel.

The Navy spokesman mentioned that no less than 4 ships had been dispatched to hold out the rescue operation.

The naval ships had been dispatched from the jap port of Trincomalee and the southern port of Hambantota.

At the time the fireplace broke out, the Panamanian-registered ship was about 38 nautical miles (70 kilometres) east of Sri Lanka. PTI

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