Indian Oil’s VLCC Catches fire off Colombo

first_img#SavingLives #SAR #FireFighting assistance sought by Sri Lanka Navy from @IndiaCoastGuard for fire and explosion onboard Oil Tanker #MTNewDiamond 37 NM east off #Srilanka coast. #ICG ships and aircraft deployed for immediate assistance @DefenceMinIndia @MEAIndia— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) September 3, 2020 ‘New Diamond’ VLCC chartered by Indian Oil Corp, was heading to Paradip Port (Image Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard) According to the local media, Sri Lanka’s Marine Protection Authority said steps will be taken to prevent any possible oil leak from the tanker which is carrying 270,000 tonnes of oil. On the other hand, the Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft have been deployed for immediate assistance. An tanker chartered by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka. The fully loaded vessel idetified as ‘New Diamond’, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), was heading to Paradip Port where IOCL operates a 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery. The VLCC is ablaze about 20 nautical miles off the east coast of Sri Lanka. An aircraft of Sri Lanka Air Force and two Navy ships have been pressed into rescue operations, sources informed. The losses are yet to be estimated as the rescue personnel are engaged in containing the blaze. At least one seafarer sustained severe burns in the blaze which reportedly occurred in the engine room of the VLCC. The Panama-flagged tanker had departed from Mina’ al Ahmadi port on August 21 and was headed to Paradip port on eastern coast of India. The vessel was scheduled to reach Paradip on September 5. Author: Baibhav Mishra Sea News, September 3last_img

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