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He said that control of the flames and two-meter crack with two explosions in the oil tanker has been achieved. “With the help of Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lankan naval ships and aircraft including ALP winger, the MT New Diamond vessel has been successfully transported to safe waters 35 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka,” the officials said.
According to the defense release, the fire team is constantly trying to control the fire, the fire has decreased and till now there is no news of oil spill. It is noteworthy that a tanker coming from Kuwait to India was set on fire on the east coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday.
One member of the 24-member crew is missing and the other is injured, while a crack was seen on the vessel on 4 September. The Panama-registered tanker New Diamond carries 2,70,000 tonnes of crude oil and the fire started from the vessel's engine room off the Sangamanakanda coast in Sri Lanka's eastern district, Ampara.