Sri Lankan Navy, Indian ships battling fireplace on board oil tanker, one crew lifeless

Colombo, September 4

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

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 fireplace on Thursday.

The Navy stated 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 fireplace off the coast of Sangamankanda within the japanese district of Ampara.

The Navy stated that thus far 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 fireplace to the cargo,” it stated in an announcement.

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

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

The operation to douse the fireplace resumed early this morning below 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 stated two extra Indian Coast guard vessels are to hitch the rescue operations.

The Indian Coast Guard on Thursday stated 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 stated it instantly diverted ICG Ships Shaurya, Sarang and Samudra Paheredar, moreover a Dornier plane for the firefight on the oil tanker.

The Sri Lankan Navy stated that the 2 Russian vessels which have been docked on the Hambantota port since August 31 and dispatched to the world to hitch 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 stated that a minimum of 4 ships had been dispatched to hold out the rescue operation.

The naval ships have been dispatched from the japanese 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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