Fire erupts once again in the Oil Tanker MV New Diamond in Sri Lankan east coast but put off by coastguards
Fire has erupted again inside the oil tanker MT New Diamond as a two days
after it was declared put off by the official agencies as a result of extreme
temperature and high wind in the mid sea where it is floating under the
watchful eyes of Sri Lankan and Indian coastguards besides the Navy,Sri Lankan
Navy Spokesman Captain Indika de Silva was quoted by the Sri Lankan Media
High winds triggered
by prevailing adverse weather condition in the sea where distressed vessel
He said high winds were triggered by prevailing adverse weather condition
in the sea area where the distressed vessel has been positioned, about 30
nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point.
By 15.00 p.m on September seventh, the disaster management teams were able
to douse the fire onboard the oil tanker. “Further, they have been working in
full swing to continue disaster management operations to prevent a recurrence
of fire, using fire smothering agents like water and chemicals,” he said.
He said several ships, aircraft and tugs belonged to Sri Lanka Navy, Sri
Lanka Air Force, Indian Navy and Coast Guard and other stakeholders are working
in collaboration to contain the flames.