CHENNAI: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) east of Sri Lanka continues to shut down the “New Diamond” tanker. The ship is owned by Greece and falls under the Indian Oil Cooperation Charter. This tanker caught fire on September 3.
The ship has been on fire since a large explosion in the engine room Thursday afternoon. The vessel’s first fire warning was received at the Indian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Mumbai.
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MT New Diamond is said to have transported 2.7 lakh MT of crude oil from Kuwait, which was due to arrive at Paradip port in Odisha. According to Marinetraffic.com, MT New Diamond is a 20-year-old oil tanker who is 333 meters long and 60 meters wide.
FPV envoy Amay and Abhik
After the fire, the ICG (FPV) fast patrol vessel Amay and Abheek were dispatched here, who arrived here on Saturday evening. So that he can take immediate action to prevent pollution in the event of an oil spill. FPV Abheek Aquis arrived with 40 drums of Foam Drum Concentrate (AFFF), 50 units of Dry Chemical Power (DCP) and 20 barrels. The fire was stopped in the harbor bridge deck and in the tank area after use by performing rapid and continuous fireworks.
The Indian Coast Guard has deployed six ships and two planes here to fight the fires, which will be able to take immediate action in the event of an oil spill, as it would cause serious pollution in the event of an oil spill. ICG ships Sujay, Shaurya and Sarang have been here since Thursday and are continuously engaged in firefighting operations with Sri Lankan ships using the specialized external firefighting system. This operation is carried out on the advice of the master of MT New Diamond.
On Friday, a crew of ICG members, along with the captain of New Diamond, hooked it up to the tug APL Winger and towed it. Thanks to joint efforts, it was hijacked about 35 nautical miles from the coast of Sri Lanka.
Two CG Dornier planes carrying oil spill dispersants (OSD) and pollution control spray pods reached Hambantota late Friday evening. At the same time, Coast Guard helicopters are constantly carrying out aerial inspections. The spraying of water through the Bambi buckets continues by Sri Lanka Airforce MI-17.
Emergency tugs were dispatched from Mumbai and Chennai to bolster the firefighting efforts. However, there has been no oil spill to date. At the same time, constant contact and coordination is maintained with the Sri Lankan Navy / Coast Guard and other officers to provide a swift and effective response to any situation.