Oil tanker carrying crude from Kuwait to India catches hearth off Sri Lanka

Colombo, September 3

An oil tanker carrying crude from Kuwait to India burst into flames off the japanese coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving certainly one of its 24 crew members lacking and one other injured, a navy spokesman mentioned.

The Panama registered tanker New Diamond 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 japanese district of Ampara, Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Capt Indika Silva mentioned.

The Navy spokesman mentioned that at the least 4 ships had been dispatched to hold out the rescue operation.

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

The Indian Coast Guard additionally pressed into motion three of its ships and a Dornier plane after the Sri Lankan Navy sought help to manage the hearth 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, moreover a Dornier plane for the firefight on the oil tanker.

Two Russian anti-submarine warfare ships which had been anchored at Hambantota Port since August 31 had been additionally dispatched to the world to douse the hearth, the spokesperson mentioned.

Silva mentioned there have been 24 crew members onboard ‘New Diamond’ when its engine room caught hearth.            

The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) mentioned the oil tanker was carrying 270,000 metric tonnes of oil from Kuwait to India.

MEPA Chairperson Dharshani Lahandapura mentioned that 100,000 litres of water was offered to the naval vessels to attempt to douse the hearth.

Sri Lanka Air Force was additionally deployed to supply help and a helicopter joined the rescue operation.

The crew members, besides two, have left the tanker and are staying on rescue craft at sea, in response to Russia’s official Tass information company.

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


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