All leaks on the
hull of the fire-stricken very large crude carrier New Diamond, currently
situated off Sri Lanka have been sealed, the Indian Navy said.
comes on the back of a joint underwater inspection of the supertanker conducted
by members of Sri Lanka Navy, the Indian Navy, and SMIT salvage team, employed
by the ship manager.
ship is now pollution-free and ready to be towed
The salvors have
carried out the deballasting from the engine room to ballast tanks, and the
ship is now pollution-free and ready to be towed, according to the update.
earlier, during the fire-fighting operation the ship’s engine and pump rooms
were flooded with seawater.
Boka Expedition taken the VLCC under tow
The tanker is said
to be stable and safe, some 95 kilometres of Sri Lanka’s coast. A tug named
Boka Expedition has taken the VLCC under tow.
The destination of
the vessel is yet to be determined. AFP reports that Sri Lanka has asked the
ship’s owners to tow the crippled tanker away from the country’s exclusive
economic zone, or 370 kilometres from its coast.
inspections were ordered after two fuel patches emerged near the vessel a few
days ago. The Sri Lanka Navy assigned the patches to the leaks in the ship’s
India has sent
aircraft to drop dispersants to the sea area to minimize its impact on the
MEPA plans to take
legal action against the ship’s owner
Sri Lanka’s Marine
Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) plans to take legal action against the
ship’s owner under the country’s laws to protect the marine ecosystem, Reuters