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More foreign experts to inspect distressed oil tanker

Another team of 11 disaster management experts from the Netherlands, Britain and Belgium arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for inspection of the distressed oil tanker MT New Diamond off Sangamankanda point and they were to be transferred to the location of by the Navy yesterday.

“This team has been sent by the commercial and technical operator of the distressed vessel,” a release issued by the Sri Lanka Navy said yesterday.

Meanwhile, a team of 10 British and Dutch experts, including salvage operation experts, assessors and a legal adviser arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday, under the facilitation of the company that works as the commercial and technical operator of MT New Diamond.

Accordingly, six salvage operation experts of the team were transported by Sri Lanka Navy craft to the location of the ill-fated oil tanker. They are still studying the situation.

The Sri Lanka Navy and other disaster management teams were able to bring the fire onboard the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond under control by 3.00 p.m. on Sunday (September 6).

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 disaster management efforts continue to engage in boundary cooling on the fire engulfed oil tanker.

The fire-stricken ship is now lying 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Sangamankanda Point and salvage operations are underway. Accordingly, nine ships including Indian and Sri Lankan ships, five tugs, aircraft of Sri Lanka Air Force and one aircraft belonging to the Indian Coast Guard are augmenting the disaster mitigation efforts.

The Sri Lanka Navy and other stakeholders will continue the disaster management operation until the risk of the ship catching fire again is completely eliminated.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Navy yesterday evening said the fire which has already been doused in the distressed oil tanker had re-ignited from the effects of extreme temperature and sparks onboard due to high winds triggered by prevailing adverse weather conditions.

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