Indian Ship Detained in Colombo Over Fuel Leak

Indian Ship Detained in Colombo Over Fuel Leak

by Staff Writer 30-05-2024 | 1:28 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); An Indian ship, which experienced a fuel leak while anchored in the port of Colombo, has been taken into custody by the Marine Environment Protection Authority.

The purpose of this action is to conduct a thorough investigation into the related oil spill.

The Marine Environment Protection Authority has assumed custody of the vessel to facilitate a comprehensive inquiry.

MEPA has formally requested compensation amounting to 15 million rupees in connection with the incident.

This request is made under the provisions of the Marine Pollution Prevention Act; No 35 of 2008.

The ship's insurance company has been notified about the situation, and it is anticipated that the compensation amount will be settled today.

Approximately 20 to 30 liters of fuel leaked from the ship, which had recently arrived at the port of Colombo for repairs.

Preliminary findings indicate that the oil leakage originated from a hydraulic pipe within the ship.

A specialized investigation team is examining all relevant aspects.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Vinda Perera has issued an order prohibiting the foreign travel of the ship's captain.

This decision was made based on a request from the Harbour Police.

The Police will submit a comprehensive report to the court once the investigation is complete.