Captain of fire-stricken New Diamond oil tanker isolated in Galle

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The captain of the fire-stricken New Diamond oil tanker has been brought to an isolated center in Galle.

Navy Media Spokesman Capt. Indika de Silva stated that he was brought to Galle from Kalmunai following coronavirus guidelines.

Accordingly, the Captain is being held in a solitary isolation center reserved for sailors.

Meanwhile, legal action is being considered in connection with the fire aboard the tanker.

The Panamanian flagged tanker was carrying 270,000 tonnes of crude and 1,700 tonnes of diesel to Paradip port in India from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait when the fire erupted in the engine room on Sept 03 morning in the deep sea about 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point in Sri Lanka.

One member of the ship’s crew was killed and another seriously injured crew member was rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy. Another 03 Greek and 16 Philippine crew members of the tanker were rescued by another merchant vessel plying nearby and safely brought ashore by the Navy.

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