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Updated Sun, 06 Sep 2020 01:34 PM IST
Oil tanker MT New Diamond found under fire
– Photo: PTI
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According to the report of the commander of INS Sahyadri present on the spot, the fire on MT New Diamond has been controlled. Aerial reconnaissance is being carried out to assess the current situation.
Earlier the Indian Navy reported that the aerial reconnaissance was continuing and the fire was still visible with smoke emanating from the superstructure. Dry chemical powder is also being sprayed over the air.
On Scene Commander INS Sahyadri reports, fire on MT New Diamond under control. Aerial reconnaissance being considered to assess the present situation, to be followed by boarding of ship: Indian Navy https://t.co/c3RNpTaSt0
– ANI (@ANI) September 6, 2020
Let us tell you that a ship carrying 270,000 metric tons of crude oil from Kuwait caught fire on Thursday. The oil tanker had 23 crew members, of whom 18 were from the Philippines and five from the Greeks. Of the 23-member crew, 22 were safely rescued from the tanker, but a Philippines boater exploded in a boiler explosion in the engine room.
The ship's crew and the Sri Lankan Navy, the Air Force, tried hard to bring the fire under control, but failed to seek assistance from India. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) sent its ships Shaurya, Sarang, sea guards and Dornier aircraft to extinguish the fire on the oil tanker 'MT New Diamond', 37 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka. Along with this, the Indian Navy also sent INS Sahyadri to start rescue operations and provide assistance.
The Indian Navy came into contact with the Sri Lankan authorities and began rescue operations. ICG ship Shaurya also reached the spot and sprayed water and foam continuously to extinguish the fire at MT New Diamond. The Dornier aircraft circled the sky to oversee this rescue and relief work. Ships and aircraft from Sri Lanka and India intensified efforts to extinguish the fire in the oil tanker on the second day on Friday as authorities warned of significant environmental damage around the Sri Lankan coast if the ship leaked or exploded.