Another fire on oil tanker off the coast of Sri Lanka

Another fire has broken out on an oil tanker off the coast of Sri Lanka. Last week the tanker was also on fire, but on Sunday it was extinguished.

The fire has flared up again due to the strong wind and the high temperatures on board. The commander of the Navy already warned about another fire, because the ship’s structure was still very hot. The ship is now more than 50 kilometres from the coast.

According to the Sri Lankan authorities, the fire is under control. However, there would still be flames coming out of the tanker. Ships and helicopters from Sri Lanka and India are extinguishing the fire.

Potential environmental disaster

The tanker New Diamond sails under Panamanian flag and has about 2 million barrels of oil on board. It is feared an environmental disaster if it would end up in the water. Investigators were just on their way to the tanker yesterday to see how much environmental damage was caused when the fire broke out again.

It went wrong last week when a fire started in the engine room. One crew member was killed, another was injured. The rest of the crew came aboard unharmed.