An oil tanker chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has caught hearth off the east coast of Sri Lanka the place an plane and two navy ships have been deployed to assist in the rescue effort, navy consultant Commander Ranjith Rajapaksa and sources stated on Thursday.
The absolutely loaded New Diamond, a really giant crude service (VLCC), was heading to the port of Paradip in India the place state-run IOC operates a 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery.
It had sailed from Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait, Refinitiv Eikon ship monitoring information confirmed.
Rajapaksa stated the VLCC is ablaze about 20 nautical miles off the east coast of Sri Lanka. Sources had earlier stated that the fire-hit vessel was off Colombo.
“The Sri Lanka air drive have scrambled an statement plane and the navy have despatched in two ships to assist with rescue efforts,” Rajapaksa informed Reuters.
Sri Lanka’s Marine Safety Authority stated steps will probably be taken to stop any attainable oil leak from the tanker which is carrying 270,000 tonnes of oil, native media reported.
No rapid remark was accessible from IOC or Kuwait Petroleum Corp.
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