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Oil Tanker Carrying Crude Burst Into Flames Off Sri Lanka Coast

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Colombo: A fully loaded oil tanker carrying crude for state-owned Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s (IOC’s) Paradip refinery from Kuwait, burst into flames off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday, a company official said.
Panama registered tanker MT New Diamond was carrying 2,70,000 metric tonnes of crude oil from Kuwait to India when its engine room caught fire, said Sri Lankan navy spokesman Captain Indika Silva.
“While all 23 crew members were evacuated from the ship, one of them is in a critical condition,” said an IOC official requesting anonymity.
The Navy spokesman added that at least four ships were dispatched to carry out the rescue operation.
When the team of navy arrived, around 19 of the crew members had left on lifeboats and were picked up the Lankan ships. Silva said that as the ships tried to control the fire, the captain and two other crew abandoned the New Diamond. However, the remaining crew members are still missing.
An injured crew member has been identified as the third engineer of the tanker and is being taken to land in a navy boat.
He said that two anti-submarine Russian ships at a Sri Lankan port were also heading towards the spot.
During the time when the Panama-registered ship witnessed a fire, it was around 38 nautical miles east of Sri Lanks. It cruised from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait, carrying Kuwait Export Crude, according to officials.
 

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