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Oil supertanker catches fire
off Sri Lanka

Surviving crew members of the New Diamond on a navy rescue boat off the east coast of Sri
Lanka, September 3. Sri Lankan Navy/via REUTERS

A ship is silhouetted by the glow from a blaze on The New Diamond off Sri Lanka, September 3.
Sri Lankan Navy/via REUTERS

Surviving crew members of the New Diamond on a navy rescue boat off the east coast of Sri
Lanka, September 3.
Sri Lankan Navy/via REUTERS

he fire that broke out in the engine room of the New Diamond on Thursday morning had spread
to the bridge of the ship, carrying about 2 million barrels of oil, though it has not reached the
cargo area, the Sri Lankan navy said.

The New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), that was
carrying the equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil, is seen after a fire broke out off the east
coast of Sri Lanka, September 4.

There is no real risk of a spill from a fully loaded supertanker that caught fire off the east coast of
Sri Lanka, a senior official in the Indian Ocean nation's navy said on Friday. Sri Lankan
Airforce/via REUTERS

Three tug boats, five Sri Lankan navy ships as well as two craft from the Russian navy and three
from the Indian navy have been assisting in an operation to fight the fire and tow the ship away
from the coast, after it began drifting towards land.

An injured crew member of the New Diamond is taken to an ambulance by navy officials, in
Kalmunai, Sri Lanka, September 3. Sri Lankan Navy/via REUTERS

Sri Lanka's meteorology department has modelled the impact of 70,000 tonnes of crude oil - a
quarter of the ship's cargo - spilling into the ocean.

The New Diamond after a fire broke out off the east coast of Sri Lanka September 4. Sri Lankan
Airforce/via REUTERS

A Sri Lankan Navy boat sprays water on the New Diamond, September 4. Sri Lankan Airforce/via
REUTERS

Navy spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said flames had spread to the New Diamond's bridge,
but there was no damage to the cargo area. "We will need an international effort," de Silva said.
Sri Lankan Airforce/ via REUTERS

A statement released late on Thursday by the navy said the New Diamond was crewed by 5
Greek and 18 Philippine nationals.
REUTERS/Stringer

The New Diamond was fully loaded with about 2 million barrels of oil, Refinitiv data showed.

The New Diamond after a fire broke out, September 3. Sri Lankan Airforce/via REUTERS

An injured crew member of the New Diamond is seen being taken to an ambulance by navy
officials, in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Stringer

New Diamond sailed from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait, loaded with Kuwait Export
Crude, Refinitiv Eikon tracking data showed. It was heading for the Indian port of Paradip, where
state-run IOC has a 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery.

The New Diamond, a very large crude carrier, is seen after a fire broke out off the east coast of
Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Airforce/via REUTERS

An injured crew member of the New Diamond is seen being taken to an ambulance by navy
officials, in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Stringer

The New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC) that was
carrying the equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil, is seen after a fire broke out, off the east
coast of Sri Lanka September 3, 2020.

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