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Supertanker held in static position as Sri Lanka navy continues to douse fire

FIRE ON OIL TANKER ENGULFS BRIDGE – The fire on the stricken oil tanker grows/Photo courtesy Sri Lanka Air Force

ECONOMYNEXT – The New Diamond Supertanker is being held in a static position some 40km East of Sri Lanka as firefighting boats continue to spray water on to the ship the country’s Navy said.

“The fire is under control, but not out yet,” Navy Spokesman Captain Indika de Silva told EconomyNext.

“We are keeping the ship in a location that is far enough from the shore in case there is an oil leak so that our shoreline does not get damaged,” he said.

De Silva also said he is unaware what plans the owners of the ship have for the vessel once the fire is completely doused.

The Navy said yesterday that there was no danger of an oil spill in Sri Lankan waters from the stricken supertanker. (Colombo/Sep5/2020)

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