A large fireplace on a stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka’s coast has been extinguished, the island nation’s navy stated Sunday, as worldwide salvage specialists started to evaluate the harm over fears of an environmental catastrophe if there’s a leak.
The Panamanian-registered New Diamond, carrying over 270,000 tonnes of crude and diesel, was en-route from Kuwait to Paradip port when it issued a misery name Thursday after an engine room explosion that killed a Filipino crew member.
Sri Lanka’s navy chief Nishantha Ulugetenna stated the fireplace on the tanker, which the navy chief and the Indian coastguard received underneath management on Friday — had lastly been put out.
“The fireplace has been utterly doused,” the vice admiral instructed reporters in Colombo.
“The tanker’s (metal) plates are nonetheless very popular so there’s a danger of reigniting new fires.”
The Indian coastguard tweeted that “no flame & smoke” was seen from the vessel.
The announcement got here as Sri Lanka’s Catastrophe Administration Centre stated overseas salvage specialists and insurance coverage assessors had began inspecting the ship some 75 kilometres from the coast.
Ten British and Netherlands professionals with experience in rescue operations, catastrophe analysis and authorized session arrived earlier Sunday, the navy stated.
Dutch agency Smit Salvage had commissioned the specialists and was additionally sending two tug boats from Singapore and Mauritius, the navy added.
The Indian coastguard, which deployed six ships, an plane and a helicopter, added on Sunday that its air pollution management vessel had arrived on the website within the Indian Ocean.
The rescue vessels are nonetheless dousing the tanker with water to forestall contemporary fires being ignited in heavy winds lashing the recent metal plates close to the burnt engine room.
The tanker had suffered a crack of its hull some 10 metres (33 ft) above the waterline on account of intense warmth from the fireplace, officers stated.
Authorities stated there was no oil slick and the crack was not thought-about a catastrophic structural failure.
Sri Lanka’s Marine Atmosphere Safety Company has stated that authorized motion might be taken in opposition to the house owners, Liberian-registered Porto Emporios Delivery Inc, “ought to the worst occur and the ship breaks up”.
The vessel is bigger than the Japanese bulk provider MV Wakashio, which crashed right into a reef in Mauritius in July leaking greater than 1,000 tonnes of oil into the island nation’s pristine waters.