Press Release


Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire onboard MT New Diamond completely doused’ issued on 07th September 2020 at 1230 hrs

Sri Lanka Navy in partnership with other stakeholders involved in the damage control operations of the fire-stricken MT New Diamond is working in full swing to prevent a recurrence of fire on distressed crude oil tanker. The fire smothering agents like water and chemicals are being used in this operation to disrupt the oxygen supply and heat which are integral parts in combustion process.

07 Sep 2020

Press Release


Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire onboard MT New Diamond completely doused’ issued on 06th September 2020 at 1830 hrs

Sri Lanka Navy and other damage control teams were able to bring the fire onboard the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond under control by 3.00 p.m. yesterday (06th September 2020). However, due to the high temperature inside the ship and environmental factors there is a possibility of a return of the fire. Therefore, the vessels and craft dispatched for damage control efforts continue to engage in boundary cooling on the fire engulfed oil tanker.

07 Sep 2020

Press Release


Fire onboard MT New Diamond completely doused

The MT New Diamond crude oil tanker was transporting 270,000 metric tons of crude oil from the port of Meena Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Port of Paradip in India when a fire broke out aboard in the eastern seas of Sri Lanka on 03rd September 2020 at around 0800 hrs. The ship was sailing 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point when it caught fire with an explosion in a boiler in the ship's main engine room.

06 Sep 2020

Navy seizes about 815kg of smuggled dried turmeric

The naval operations seized about 815kg of dried turmeric, attempted to be smuggled by sea, at Ettalai in Kalpitiya today (06th September 2020). Meanwhile, the Navy also held 03 suspects in connection to this smuggling racket.

06 Sep 2020

Press Release


Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire breaks out on Panama-flagged New Diamond oil tanker’ issued on 05th September 2020 at 1930 hrs

The Sri Lanka Navy and other stakeholders continue to use extinguishing agents and water to augment firefighting and inflict boundary cooling on the ill-fated oil tanker, in full swing. This operation is carried out in safe waters 40 nautical miles (about 74 km) away from land and it was joined by the tug 'Ocean Bliss' at midnight on 05th September 2020.

06 Sep 2020

Press Release


Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire breaks out on Panama-flagged New Diamond oil tanker’ issued on 05th September 2020 at 1130 hrs

The distressed vessel is now about 40 nautical miles (about 74 km) away from the shore and Sri Lanka Navy and other stakeholders continue to engage in firefighting and inflict cooling effect on fire-stricken oil tanker using fire extinguishing chemicals and water, at peak of their efficiency. Meanwhile, two (02) more Indian Coast Guard Ships - Ameya and Abheek joined this consolidated operation this afternoon.

05 Sep 2020

Naval operations lead to apprehend 05 suspects with drugs

Separate search operations conducted by the Navy and Police in Saveewa Pura in Puttalam, Poduwakattu, Mannar and Pallemunei have led to apprehension of 05 suspects with Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE), heroin and Kerala cannabis during the past couple of days.

05 Sep 2020

A stock of smuggled Kendu leaves held by Navy in Marawila

The Navy during a special search operation conducted in the beach area of Marawila today (05th September 2020) had apprehended 06 suspects with about 506 kilograms of kendu leaves attempted to be smuggled into the country by sea.

05 Sep 2020

Press Release


Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire breaks out on Panama-flagged New Diamond oil tanker’ issued on 05th September 2020 at 0600 hrs

The distressed vessel had reached about 20 nautical miles shorewards yesterday (September 4, 2020) at 1800 hrs. However, with continuous efforts of the Sri Lanka Navy and other stakeholders, the fire was contained and the ALP Winger tug was able to take the distressed oil tanker 40 nautical miles (about 74 km) away from the shore.

05 Sep 2020

Press Release


Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire breaks out on Panama-flagged New Diamond oil tanker’ issued on 04th September 2020 at 1600 hrs

The fire onboard MT New Diamond has been successfully contained into a greater extent and it lies about 35 nautical miles at 5.30 a.m. As a result of the combined operation the ill-fated oil tanker has been secured from all sides. Although the ship had reached a distance of about 20 nautical miles by 1800 hours yesterday (04th September 2020), the ALP Winger, a tug, began taking the ship to the deep sea as fire was contained.

05 Sep 2020