One Filipino crew member died after a boiler in the primary engine room exploded, inflicting the fireplace, the Sri Lankan Navy mentioned. All different individuals on board, 22 in all, had been rescued from the ship, which is carrying 270,000 metric tons of crude oil.
Images and video confirmed thick black smoke pouring from one finish of the Panamanian-flagged tanker, MT New Diamond, 38 nautical miles (70 kilometers) off Sangamankanda Level in southern Sri Lanka.
Talking to CNN, Sri Lankan Navy Captain Indika Desilva mentioned that as of Friday morning native time, the fireplace was “nonetheless on.”
“Efforts are on to forestall the fireplace from spreading to the cargo oil. No data has been obtained of an oil spill but. Firefighting continues,” he mentioned.
The Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Power, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard are all working to place out the fireplace.
In line with an announcement from the Sri Lankan Navy, at present the fireplace has had “no impact” on the oil saved on board, and “mandatory steps are being taken to forestall the fireplace from spreading to these crude oil storage amenities.”
“There’s nonetheless no danger of the ship leaking oil into the ocean,” the assertion mentioned.