ECONOMYNEXT – An oil tanker carrying more than 200,000 of crude oil is on fire 38 kilometres off Sri Lanka’s East coast and about half of the crew except the skipper and some officers have been boarded lifeboats, the Sri Lanka Navy said.
The Navy Spokesman, Captain Indika de Silva told EconomyNext that the fire had begun in the Engine Room and the crew was attempting to bring it under control.
The vessel is the MT New Diamond and was heading to the Paradip Port in India carrying crude oil from Kuwait.
The environmental danger posed by the stricken tanker is serious and steps are being taken to limit the damage officials were quoted in the media as saying.
The Navy has deployed two vessels to assist the tanker and the Sri Lanka Air Force has dispatched an aircraft for surveillance.
(Colombo September 3, 2020)