Oil tanker MT New Diamond asked to move away from the island nation's coast
Lankan Marine Environment Protection Authority would inform the owners of
supertanker “MT New Diamond,” which caught fire last week in Sri Lankan waters,
while carrying more than a million barrels of crude oil to India to tow the
vessel away from the island nation's Maritime boundary without delay, the MEPA
of the MEPA Dharshani Lahandapura told the Sri Lankan Media that it would be
conveyed in writing to the relevant party as per the directives of the Sri
Lanka's Attorney General.
Environment protection authority had sought the Attorney General’s advice on
the matter a few days ago.
Lanka Navy told media that it had observed, both on Tuesday (08) and Wednesday
(09), a narrow diesel-like oil patch in the sea close to the ship. They were to
deal with the oil patch using chemicals.
Those engaged in salvage operations
directed to stop oil leaking in Sri Lankan waters
coordinating officer of the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne
told the media that the MEPA Chairperson had been instructed to issue necessary
directions to those engaged in salvage operations to take immediate measures to
stop the oil leaking in Sri Lankan waters.
Spokesperson Captain Indika de Silva said that they, too, would carry out an
investigation into the oil leak with the help of their divers.