After averting a major environmental disaster, a salvage team is now searching for a rescue port to transfer oil from an Indian Oil Corp (IOC) chartered supertanker that had caught fire in the Sri Lankan water, the company’s Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidhya said on Wednesday.
The MT New Diamond, a 20-year-old very large crude carrier (VLCC) controlled by New Shipping , was carrying around 2,70,000 tonnes of Kuwaiti crude from Mina-Al-Ahmadi to Paradip in Odisha when it caught fire in the engine room early on September 3, close to 38 nautical miles off Sri Lanka’s east coast.
The fire was doused and all the entire 2 million barrels (270,000 tonnes) cargo saved.
“Actually, the cargo is safe that is the biggest thing. The engine fire was totally doused thanks to the efforts of the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy and help from the Sri Lankan Navy,” he said.
The vessel is now in Sri Lankan water at about 70 nautical miles from the coast.