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Sri Lanka Navy Plugs Leak on Fire Hit Oil Supertanker New Diamond

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 14 Sep 2020

Image Source: Super Tanker New Diamond Oil Leak Plugged
Sri Lankan navy has sealed an inlet on the fire-stricken New Diamond oil supertanker that was leaking fuel oil and sparking fears of an environmental disaster. A team of divers that inspected the rear of the tanker, which caught fire last week, found a sea water inlet leaking a mix of fuel oil and sea water. They took immediate action to completely seal the inlet. The tanker, which is carrying about 2 million barrels of oil, is currently 45 nautical miles off Sri Lanka's east coast

The New Diamond issued a distress signal a week ago while passing Sri Lanka on its way to the northeast Indian port of Paradip when a boiler exploded, killing a Filipino crewman. The remaining 22 crew were rescued. The fire onboard the 20-year old Panama-flagged very large crude carrier that broke out on September 3 has since been extinguished, and the cargo of crude oil remains intact. But the New Diamond left two long trails of fuel oil after the Navy towed it out to sea this week. The fuel was seeping into the water through damaged pipes connected to a ballast water intake on the ship's starboard side and an unspecified amount of the ship's 1,700 tons of fuel leaked

Sri Lanka's Marine Protection Authority has said it plans to take action against the ship's owner under the country's laws to protect the marine ecosystem.

The large crude carrier was chartered by Indian Oil Corporation to import oil to Paradip in eastern India from Kuwait. New Shipping Ltd, the manager of the Panama-flagged New Diamond, has appointed SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd to lead salvage operations.

Dutch salvage company SMIT said its experts had boarded the crippled vessel and found the 270,000-ton crude oil cargo unaffected by the fire.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 14 Sep 2020
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