Sept 14, Colombo: A discussion was held at the Attorney General’s Department today (14) regarding the next steps to be taken on the fire-stricken New Diamond oil tanker.
Representatives from the Marine Environment Protection Authority, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Sri Lanka Navy, the Coast Guard, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Merchant Shipping Department participated in the discussion headed by Attorney General Dappula de Livera.
The Discussions focused on the cost of extinguishing the ship’s fire and obtaining insurance compensation.
The New Diamond is currently anchored in the deep sea 52 nautical miles east of Batticaloa.
A team consisting of officers from the Marine Environment Protection Authority, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the Coast Guard and the Criminal Investigation Department left yesterday to take samples of the oil stored in the tanker on an order issued by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.
Oil samples were to be taken this morning, and the crew was due to return to shore today.
The New Diamond, which was carrying 270,000 metric tons of crude oil from Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip, caught fire on the 3rd of this month. It was completely shut down on the 9th after a heavy operation.
The third engineer of the MT New Diamond, who was injured in the fire, was rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy and brought ashore and admitted to the Kalmunai Base Hospital for treatment. He was later admitted to a private hospital in Colombo.
The Filipino engineer expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the three-member rescue team of the Navy, and to the Sri Lanka Navy and all Sri Lankans for saving his life.