OIL & GAS

Fire-Hit Indian Oil-Chartered Tanker Owner To Pay $1.8 Million To Sri Lanka

The owners of the New Diamond supertanker which caught fire with a cargo of two million barrels of oil aboard have agreed to pay 340 million rupees ($1.84 million) to Sri Lanka for its help in extinguishing the blaze and averting disaster.

The interim claim is for services provided by the Sri Lankan navy, air force, ports authority and Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) after the fire on September 3 until September 15, said Nishara Jayaratne, coordination officer of Sri Lanka’s Attorney General.

Insurers of the vessel West of England will settle the bill, MEPA Chairperson Dharshani Lahandapura said.

The New Diamond, loaded with Kuwaiti oil, is chartered by Indian Oil Corp and is currently 66 nautical miles (122 kilometres) from Batticaloa on Sri Lanka’s east coast.

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NDTV
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