Fire erupts in oil tanker off Sangamankanda coast. No impact on Sri Lanka, says Lanka IOC MD

September, 3, 2020

An oil tanker chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC) caught fire 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda coast.

The fully loaded New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), was heading to the port of Paradip in India where state-run IOC operates a 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery. It had sailed from Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait, Refinitiv Eikon ship tracking data showed.

Meanwhile, speaking exclusively to Ada Derana Biz, Lanka IOC Managing Director Manoj Gupta expressed the following:

“Certainly this will not at all have any impact on our presence. The vessel was carrying crude oil for Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and it had sailed from Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait and yes, there was an explosion of fire which was convened at the engine room of the vessel and with the strongest intervention of our Tri- forces; Sri Lankan navy, Sri Lankan Air force and with the continues engagement from their side this fire has been brought under control.

To my understanding, there have been no casualties reported. There has not been any oil spillage. A vessel from the Indian Coast Guard is coming and will be reaching the site today and another Sri Lankan naval ship will be reaching the site carrying the firefighting equipment. As far as this particular ship is concerned, it does not carry any relation with the supplies as well as our country Sri Lanka is concerned.”