Navy says fire on ship controlled
The Navy says it has controlled the spread of the fire on the New Diamond.
Navy Media Spokesman Capt. Indika de Silva said that 11 ships are involved in controlling the fire.
Meanwhile, the Air Force has dispatched a Y12 aircraft from the China Bay Air Force Base this morning to monitor the current condition of the ship.
Air Force Media Spokesman Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe said that although the fire was contained in the outer part of the ship, the aircraft was deployed to monitor whether the fire was still raging.
He also said that an MI17 helicopter was on standby for firefighting operations.
Meanwhile, Director General of the Merchant Shipping Secretariat Ajith Seneviratne said that discussions are underway with the ship’s owner, insurance company and rescue teams to control the fire.
He said he was in talks with the Panamanian government on the way forward.
Director General of the Merchant Shipping Secretariat Ajith Seneviratne said that steps are being taken to prevent the ship from floating on land.
Meanwhile, the Marine Environment Protection Authority says that if the New Diamond ship leaks fuel, it could be the world’s biggest environmental disaster.
Its chairperson, Attorney-at-Law Dharshani Lahandapura stated that it has sought the assistance of the international community in this regard.
The Navy and the Air Force are still struggling to contain the fire that engulfed the Super Tanker tanker off the coast of Mount Sangaman.
The fire broke out on the New Diamond ship sailing from Kuwait’s Mina Al Ahmadi Port to India’s Paradip Port yesterday morning.
It was sailing about 38 nautical miles from Sangamankanda when the fire broke out.
The ship, which sailed under the Panamanian flag, carried 200,000 metric tons of crude oil and about 1700 metric tons of diesel needed for the ship.
The fire broke out after a gas explosion in the kitchen of the New Diamond.
The New Diamond was carrying 23 crew members, mostly Filipinos, at the time of the fire.
All but one of the ship’s crew members were rescued.
The Navy stated this morning that it is suspected that a missing person may have died.
The fire is currently being supported by the international community.