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Fire on burning oil tanker completely doused: Sri Lankan Navy

Colombo: The Sri Lankan Navy on Monday said that the fire onboard the MT New Diamond oil tanker off the coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday had been completely doused.

The vessel, carrying 270,000 metric tonnes of crude oil, was on its way to the Paradip Port in India from Kuwait when a fire broke out in its engine room, threatening to cause a massive oil spill in the Indian Ocean.

A statement by the Navy said that the fire was doused by Sunday evening after intense fire fighting efforts.

The navy cautioned that though the fire has been completely doused, there remains a possibility of a recurrence due to the high temperature inside the ship and environmental influences. The Navy the said that it would remain in high alert for meeting any contingency.

The oil vessel is presently stationed at about 40 nautical miles away from Sri Lanka’s eastern coast.
Sunday saw a ten-member team of experts from Britain, the Netherlands, including salvage operations experts, assessors and a legal adviser arrive in Sri Lanka to assess the damage caused to the ship.

Xinhua quoted the Sri Lankan Navy saying that it will continue to provide assistance to the distressed ship until it leaves Sri Lanka’s Maritime Search and Rescue Region.

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