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IOC Chartered Oil Tanker Continues To Blaze, Operations On To Douse Flames

Chennai: The hearth preventing operations are persevering with for second day in succession on the blazing very giant crude service (VLSS) New Diamond chartered by Indian Oil Company (IOC), stated the Indian Coast Guard.

In response to Coast Guard, the hearth within the oil tankers crew lodging space has been efficiently doused.

A two metre crack has been noticed close to Port aft portion 10 metres above the waterline, the Coast Guard stated.

The Coast Guard stated the hearth preventing operations are in progress in session with the Grasp of the oil tanker on board of its ship ICG Shaurya together with tug APL Winger.

Three tugs are being engaged in boundary cooling operations.

The Indian coastal safety company has determined to deploy extra ships Ameya and Abheek and two Dornier aircrafts are additionally getting used for air efforts.

The oil tanker chartered by IOC was laden with close to full load of its capability caught hearth on Thursday 37 nautical miles off the Sri Lankan coast.

As per www.marinetraffic.com, the 20-year-old VLCC ‘New Diamond’ crusing beneath the Panama flag departed from Mina Al Ahmadi on August 23 and was heading to Paradip port in India.

The oil tanker was anticipated to achieve Paradip in Odisha on September 5 the place IOC has a big refinery.

The vessel’s deadweight tonnage (DWT) is 299986 t, size is 333 metres and width is 60 metres.

The Indian Coast Guard stated the Sri Lankan Navy had sought help to combat the hearth and explosion on board New Diamond.

The Coast Guard on Thursday stated it had diverted three of its ships — Shaurya, Sarang, Samudra Paheredar and a Dornier plane for firefighting operations.

Nevertheless, IOC officers remained silent on the accident.

Seeing the images of the ship on hearth, a marine engineer instructed IANS that the engine room is gutted and it isn’t identified whether or not the pump room — the place the pumps to pump out the crude oil are situated — too have been broken.

He stated if the pump room is broken then will probably be an important problem to pump out the oil.

In response to stories, one other ship Helen M an oil merchandise tanker crusing beneath the Panama flag on receipt of misery message had gone to the situation of New Diamond for rescue.

Helen M was crusing from Mangalore to Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

(IANS)

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