COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The flame on a big oil tanker off Sri Lanka’s coast was brought under control but remains not extinguished, the navy said Saturday.
Four tug boats, three Sri Lankan navy boats, and four Indian boats have been fighting the fire that the MT New Diamond because Thursday.
The tanker, carrying almost 2 million barrels of crude petroleum, was drifting about 20 nautical miles (37 km ) out of Sri Lanka’s eastern shore, and on Friday evening a tug boat towed into the deep ocean from the soil, said navy spokesman Capt. Indika de Silva.
The fire killed among the team and wounded another.
The wounded third engineer was hospitalized in stable condition.
The fire started in a motor room boiler but hadn’t spread into the tanker’s oil storage space and no flow has been reported, the navy said. Sri Lankan officials have warned of potential gigantic surroundings al harm to Sri Lanka’ when the boat flows or flows.
The mind of Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority, Darshani Lahandapur, stated Sri Lanka doesn’t have the resources or capability to fight such a huge tragedy and had appealed for assistance from regional nations.
She said that her business intends to take legal actions within the flame.
The twenty-one team abandoned the tanker uninjured because the flame burned.
The tanker was hauling crude oil in the port of Mina Al Ahmadi from Kuwait into the Indian port of Paradip, in which the Lamb Indian Oil Corp. includes a refinery.