Oil tanker on fire off Sri Lankan coast towed to safety, fire “localized”
A ship from Kuwait bound for India with a cargo of crude that caught fire off the Sri Lankan coast has been towed to safe waters as the fighting continues and there is no had an oil spill, defense authorities said on Saturday.
Due to intense and continuous fire fighting, “the fire was located at the deck of the port bridge and the area of the rear tanks ready for use,” a defense statement said. providing updates on ongoing efforts to extinguish the fire.
“Indian and Sri Lankan Coast Guard ships and planes as well as the tug ALP Winger successfully towed the MT New Diamond over 35 NM (nautical mile) from the Sri Lankan coast to safe waters.
No oil spill has been reported so far, “the statement said.
Another tug ‘TTK-1’ has joined ICG ships, tugs Ravana and Vasabha to continue fire-fighting operations, he said.
ICG Fast Patrol Vessel Ameya with 1000 liters of oil spill dispersant was deployed to increase pollution control efforts.
Another Abheek fast patrol vessel with 40 barrels (200 kg each) of aqueous film-forming foam concentrates (AFFF), 10 units of dry chemical powder (DCP-50 kg each) and 20 barrels (50 kg each) of DCP is also arrived on site and thanks to intense efforts, a fire was located.
Emergency tugs from Mumbai and Chennai have also been put into service to boost rescue and firefighting efforts.
Motor Tanker (MT) New Diamond is a Greek-owned vessel chartered by Indian Oil Corporation.
The tanker carrying crude from Kuwait to India caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving one of its 24 crew members missing and another injured as explosions and a crack were noticed September 4.
The Panama-registered tanker was carrying 270,000 tonnes of crude oil from Kuwait to India when its engine room caught fire off the coast of Sangamankanda in the island nation’s eastern district of Ampara.
The Indian and Sri Lankan authorities are in continuous liaison to extinguish the fire quickly and have deployed various means to this end.
An Indian Coast Guard Dornier plane (complete with oil spill dispersants and pollution control spray pods) was dispatched by Friday for an aerial assessment and to deal with the oil spill, if any. .
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