MT New Diamond salvage operations are currently underway – SL Navy

MT New Diamond salvage operations are currently underway – SL Navy

MT New Diamond salvage operations are currently underway – SL Navy

Written by Zulfick Farzan

07 Sep, 2020 | 2:19 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Due to High temperature inside the distressed Crude Oil Tanker, MT New Diamond, and environmental factors there is a possibility of for the blaze to re-ignite, said Sri Lanka Navy on Monday (07th September).

Therefore, the vessels and craft dispatched for disaster management efforts continue to engage in boundary cooling on the fire engulfed oil tanker.

Sri Lanka Navy and other disaster management teams were able to bring the fire onboard the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond under control by 3.00 p.m. on Sunday, 06th September 2020.

A team of 10 British and Netherlands experts, including salvage operation experts, assessors, and a legal adviser arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday (06) under the facilitation of the company that works as the commercial and technical operator of MT New Diamond.

Accordingly, 06 salvage operation experts of the team were transferred by Sri Lanka Navy craft to the location of the ill-fated oil tanker and they are still studying the situation.

Apart from that, the commercial and technical operator of the distressed vessel also sent another team of 11 disaster management experts from the Netherlands, Britain and Belgium to Sri Lanka Monday morning (07th September2020).

They will also be transferred to the location of the distressed vessel for inspection by the Navy today

The fire-stricken ship is now lying 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Sangamankanda Point and salvage operations are currently underway.

Accordingly, 09 ships including Indian and Sri Lankan ships, 05 tugs, aircraft of Sri Lanka Air Force, and 01 aircraft belonging to the Indian Coast Guard are augmenting the disaster mitigation efforts further.

Even if the fire on the ship has been brought under control, the Sri Lanka Navy and other stakeholders will continue the disaster management operation until the risk of the ship catching fire again is completely eliminated

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