Threat Of Oil Spill In Indian Ocean


Panama Oil Carrier MT New Diamond caught up with fire 38 km off Eastern coasts of Sri Lanka. According to Sri Lanka Navy the ship is now abandoned with crude oil with a possibility of oil spill destructing the marine eco-systems in the country. 

Three Russian Naval vessels which were in the nearby Hambantota Port for bunkering are moving towards the stricken vessel to assist with the emergency. Three Indian Coast Guard vessels, as well as Dornier Aircraft, have also been deployed to join the Sri Lankan Navy to fight the fire. The cargo of crude oil on board is 2.7 million tons. SL Navy has deployed three vessels to assist the tanker and the Sri Lanka Air Force has dispatched an aircraft for surveillance.