Press Release

Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire onboard MT New Diamond completely doused’ issued on 07th September 2020 at 1630 hrs

The damage control teams were able to douse the fire onboard MT New Diamond by 3.00 p.m. yesterday. Further, they have been working in full swing to continue damage control operations to prevent a recurrence of fire, using fire smothering agents like water and chemicals.

However, due high winds triggered by prevailing adverse weather condition in the sea area where the distressed vessel has been positioned about 30 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point, the fire which has already been doused, has re-ignited from the effects of extreme temperature and sparks onboard.

Meanwhile, ships, aircraft and tugs belong to Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy other stakeholders are working in collaboration to contain the flames.