New Diamond owners pay Rs. 442 Mn to SL but not for Marine Pollution

New Diamond owners pay Rs. 442 Mn to SL but not for Marine Pollution

New Diamond owners pay Rs. 442 Mn to SL but not for Marine Pollution

Written by Zulfick Farzan

05 Oct, 2020 | 10:42 am

Colombo (News 1st); The owners of the ill-fated crude oil tanker, the MT New Diamond paid Rs. 442 Million Rupees to Sri Lanka.

However, the Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne speaking to News 1st said the payment was in relation to expenses incurred by government stakeholders in dousing the fire and not for Marine Pollution.

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 are 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.

The fully laden New Shipping-controlled tanker suffered a boiler explosion a month ago, resulting in a sizeable fire centered around its accommodation block.

India and Sri Lanka deployed significant resources to douse the blaze.

Some bunker fuel spilled from the tanker last month.  

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