Sept 19, Colombo: The Marine Environment Protection Authority states that the laboratory reports of the analysis of oil samples from the MT New Diamond oil tanker ship have been submitted to the Attorney General.
Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Authority Dharshani Lahadapura said that the laboratory report of the oil samples obtained from the location of the fire-stricken oil tanker submitted by the Government Analyst has been forwarded to the Attorney General Dappula de Livera Saturday (19).
She also said divers were still checking to see if there were any holes in the ship, which is now located about 90 nautical miles off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
MT New Diamond oil tanker carrying 270,000 metric tons of crude and another 1700 metric tons of diesel caught fire on 3rd September in the seas about 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
A combined effort of Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force and Indian defense forces battling for six days put out the fire completely on 9 September. However, the damage to the engine room has caused the diesel from the ship to leak leaving kilometers long oil slicks.
Sri Lanka Attorney General announced that Sri Lanka is seeking at least 340 million rupees ($1.9 million) from the owner of the VLCC New Diamond for assistance given to the extinguish the fire while the Marine Environment Protection Authority seeks to take legal action against the ship owners for violating Sri Lanka environment laws.