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Oil tanker: Doused fire reignites

The fire on the crude oil tanker “MT New Diamond”, which was doused on Sunday (6), has reportedly reignited yesterday (7) from the effects of extreme temperature and sparks onboard, Navy Media Spokesperson Captain Indika De Silva said.

The fire has been caused by high winds triggered by prevailing adverse weather condition in the sea area where the distressed vessel has been positioned nearly 30 nautical miles off Sangaman Kanda Point.

Vessels, aircrafts, and tugs belonging Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Indian Navy and Coast Guard, and other stakeholders are currently working in collaboration to contain the flames.

The disaster management teams were able to douse the fire onboard MT New Diamond by 3 p.m. yesterday.

They have been working in full swing to continue disaster management operations to prevent a recurrence of fire, with the use of fire smothering agents like water and chemicals.(The Morning)

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