ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Navy is reporting that the fire that re-ignited on board the Supertanker MT New Diamond last evening is under better control this morning.
The Navy spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said that the fire was still burning but the fire-fighting team has better control of the blaze.
This video taken this morning shows the fire more or less under control.
This video shows the fire as it broke out yesterday.
The re-ignition of the fire occurred on the “right side of the vessel near the funnel at the rear,” de Silva said.
The blaze is not near the large tanks carrying some quarter of a million tonnes of crude oil, he said.
All members of the salvage team have arrived at the scene as more boundary cooling efforts are being done, he said.
He said that “additional assets, salvage personnel and firefighting equipment is on the way.”
Several tugboats surrounding the Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) are keeping it approximately 30 Nautical Miles which is around 58 km east of Sangaman point, Sri Lanka’s easternmost place which is in the Ampara district.
The Supertanker which has more than a quarter of a million tonnes of crude oil on board is adrift and has to be held in position by tugboats.
Salvage operations are expected to begin shortly, but “the ship will be allowed to be moved out of Sri Lankan waters only with our permission,” de Silva said.
(Colombo, September 8, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana