Written by Zulfick Farzan
16 Sep, 2020 | 6:14 pm
Colombo (News 1st); Attorney General Dappula De Livera submitted an interim claim of Rs. 340 Million to the counsel representing the owners of the distressed MT New Diamond Crude Oil Tanker on Wednesday (16th September).
State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, the Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General speaking to News 1st said documented claim for costs incurred by the Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Colombo Dockyard PLC, Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) & Coast Conservation Department in providing assistance to douse and contain the fire as well as for related matters, was thus submitted to the MT New Diamond lawyers.
The sum of Rs. 340 Million was estimated as the expenses incurred until the 15th of September, said State Counsel Jayaratne.
Further, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) is yet to produce a report on the estimated damage to the Sri Lankan marine environment caused by the oil leak from MT New Diamond.
Following that report being produced, the Attorney General hopes to make a claim for the total cost incurred by all stakeholders in providing assistance to douse and contain the fire.
The Attorney General had stressed that the report cannot be finalized until the distressed MT New Diamond Crude Oil Tanker leaves Sri Lankan waters.
The MT New Diamond crude oil tanker was transporting 270,000 metric tons of crude oil from the port of Meena Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Port of Paradip in India when a fire broke out aboard in the eastern seas of Sri Lanka on 03rd September 2020 at around 0800 hrs.
The ship was sailing 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point when it caught fire with an explosion in a boiler in the ship’s main engine room.
The distressed oil tanker in eastern seas was manned by 23 crew members including 5 Greeks and 18 Philippine nationals.
It was also reported that 1700 metric tons of diesel required for the use of the tanker is also stored onboard.
MT New Diamond is a 20-year old crude oil tanker that is 333 meters long and 60 meters wide, and sailed with a Japanese certificate and is registered in Panama.
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