Leak of fuel from the fire ravaged oil tanker is sealed by Sri Lankan naval divers
Lankan Navy has sealed an inlet on the fire-stricken MT New Diamond oil tanker
that was leaking engine oil and was causing fears of an environmental
catastrophe on September 13th, the naval sources were quoted by the Sri Lankan
A team of
Naval divers that inspected the rear of the tanker, which caught fire last
week, found a seawater inlet spewing a mix of crude and seawater. “Navy divers
launched a search of the vessel and they spotted that the internal piping
system connected to two seawater inlets had been damaged and they took
immediate steps to seal the inlet.
The team of
Sri lankan Navy divers were deployed on September 11th to examine the
underwater hull of the stricken oil tanker and to look for any damages and
possible leaks, a senior official said. The divers equipped with sophisticated
equipment had been tasked to inspect the entire hull of the vessel and file a
report at the very earliest.
Deploying Navy divers delayed owing to
the turbulent weather
were used for the first time since the vessel became crippled following a
massive fire that erupted from the ship’s engine room on 3 September. “The
divers would have been deployed earlier but had to be delayed owing to the
turbulent weather prevailing in the area that led to choppy seas,” the official
“The enormous efforts put in by disaster
management teams from all sides prevented the fire reaching the crude oil
storages, averting a massive maritime disaster,” Capt. de Silva said.
currently underway to remove the toxic gases and other vapours, caused by the
fire from the engine room and other compartments of the ship. The ‘MT New
Diamond’ is currently located some 50 nautical miles from the Kalmunai Coast in
and crew are currently placed in self-isolation at a hotel in Galle in keeping
with the COVID-19 preventive guidelines.
a team of CID officers has been deployed to obtain a statement from the captain
and crew of the vessel. The tanker was transporting 270,000 metric tons of
crude oil from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Indian port of
Paradip when the fire took place.