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VLCC tanker NEW DIAMOND no flames no smoke UPDATES
Team Sea and Coast | 09/09/2020

According to latest SLN statement dated morning Sep 9, fire is under control or extinguished, no flames, no smoke visible. Hopefully, this time it’s the end of the story, and there won’t be any new reignition. Tanker is said to be under tow in seaward direction.

Sep 8 UPDATES:
0900 UTC Understood firefighting continues, and open fire isn’t yet doused. No updates from Indian/Sri Lankan Navy/CG during last 7 hours.

Sep 7 UPDATES:
1230 UTC fire in the aft section and superstructure reignited again, said Indian CG in latest tweets. Seems like the whole structure in aft section is overheated, and there is substantial quantity of bunker fuel left, which didn’t burn out, and that leads to repeated reignitions.

 

1315 UTC Fire is extinguished, according to official statements of both Sri Lankan and Indian CG and Navy, and latest photos. Tanker and all ships deployed in firefighting/salvage remain almost stationary, final towage didn’t yet commence, too early for that. Temperature inside superstructure, hull and engine room must return to normal, salvage professionals must assess tanker’s status and damages, and after that, she’ll be towed to safety, probably to port of destination, to offload crude. She looks like she won’t need repairs after completing voyage and offloading cargo. Highly likely she’ll be sold for scrap.

SOURCE - MARITIME BULLETIN

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