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Salvagers Mend Ruptures In Fire-hit Oil Tanker Off Sri Lanka

INDIA-TANKER-BLAST:Salvagers mend ruptures in fire-hit oil tanker off Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has initiated restore work on the ruptured gas oil tank within the engine room of a stricken totally loaded oil supertanker after plugging the leak, the nation’s Navy mentioned.

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  • Last Updated: September 14, 2020, 3:57 PM IST

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NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka has initiated restore work on the ruptured gas oil tank within the engine room of a stricken totally loaded oil supertanker after plugging the leak, the nation’s Navy mentioned.

The supertanker is presently 52 nautical miles (96 kms) from the Sri Lankan coast, Navy spokesman Indika de Silva mentioned.






“Salvors are on board, they plugged the leak and the repair is still going…They have vacated the ruptured tank and transferred the dirty water into the ballast section,” de Silva advised Reuters.

A fireplace broke out within the engine room of the Greek-owned New Diamond tanker on Sept. 3. The ship had left lengthy trails of marine oil slicks.

He mentioned the Sri Lankan Navy and Indian Coast Guard divers on Sunday inspected the vessels and surrounding space for any additional leak.

A crew of officers from Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) visited the tanker on Monday to examine and gather samples of marine gas oil from the vessel loaded with about 2 million barrels of oil.

MEPA has mentioned it plans to take motion in opposition to the ship’s proprietor below the nation’s legal guidelines to guard the marine ecosystem.

Indian Oil Corp, which has chartered the ship to import oil to Paradip in japanese India from Kuwait, is ready for a salvagers’ report anticipated inside every week, its chairman S.M. Vaidya mentioned.

“We will be looking at salvors’ recommendation as to which is the nearest port they can tow the vessel to for ship-to-ship transfer of the oil cargo,” Vaidya advised Reuters.

He mentioned usually ship-to-ship switch of the cargo doesn’t occur in excessive seas as a result of tough climate situations.

Eventually the crude will probably be taken to Pardip refinery for processing, he added.

De Silva mentioned seven tug boats have been engaged to maintain a vigil on the vessel and supply assist to the salvagers finishing up the restore work.

New Shipping Ltd, the supervisor of the Panama-flagged New Diamond, has appointed SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd to guide salvage operations.

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