Excerpt to media briefing on 09 Sep 2020 at 1500 hrs status quo of MT New Diamond
Damage control teams today (09th September 2020) successfully doused the fire on board MT New Diamond crude oil tanker. Three (03) member team from salvor boarded the fire-damaged ship for the first time today and carried out a preliminary investigations. Meanwhile, a team of experts from the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Coast Guard is scheduled to board the distressed ship to make an assessment for onward action. The team would deliver updates about the existing damages and safety condition of the ship in the time to come.
09 Sep 2020
Combined damage control efforts successfully control reignited fire on MT New Diamond due to inclement weather
Damage control teams successfully brought the fire, which reignited aboard MT New Diamond as a result of adverse weather, under control by morning hours of today (09th September 2020). There are no flames or smoke to be noticed as of now and the distressed ship is being towed further away towards safe waters by a tug. Accordingly, the distressed oil tanker is now about 37 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point and the damage control operation is continuing at full steam in rough sea conditions and strong winds.
09 Sep 2020
Damage control teams fighting to smother re-ignited fire onboard MT New Diamond, following adverse weather
As a result of the concerted efforts of the damage control teams, the fire resulted by adverse weather onboard the MT New Diamond has been successfully controlled to a greater extent by now. Meanwhile, the damage control teams are making a lot of effort and continuing the mission ahead, using fire extinguishing agents and water.
08 Sep 2020
Related to the press release under the title ‘Fire onboard MT New Diamond completely doused’ issued on 07th September 2020 at 1800 hrs
Ships, aircraft and tugs belong to the Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and other stakeholders are continuing their damage control operations to suppress the fire resulted by adverse weather, onboard the MT New Diamond again. As a result of the incessant effort of the mission partners, the flames have been reduced to a certain extent as of now.
08 Sep 2020