Colombo: A stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka that has been on fireplace since final week has left a kilometre-long (0.6 mile) slick throughout the Indian Ocean, the nation’s navy mentioned Wednesday, sparking fears of an environmental catastrophe.
The blaze was lastly introduced underneath management on Wednesday however a path of diesel has been spilled throughout the ocean.
A fireplace first erupted on board final Thursday and was thought to have been fully doused on Saturday, however reignited a day later.
Sri Lanka’s navy mentioned there have been no flames or smoke Wednesday from the New Diamond vessel, which is carrying 270,000 tonnes of crude oil and 1,700 tonnes of diesel.
The contemporary fireplace was triggered Sunday by robust winds that pushed the crippled tanker about 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) nearer to Sri Lanka’s japanese shores.
A strong tug boat was used to carry the drifting ship again to a location 68 kilometres (42 miles) from land, the navy mentioned.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) mentioned it had deployed plane to spray chemical dispersants on the slick and mitigate the environmental impression.
The ICG additionally mentioned it offered 2,200 kilos of dry chemical powder to the Sri Lankan air drive to drop on the burning tanker on Tuesday as a fireplace retardant.
The blaze had weakened the construction of the Panamanian-registered 330-metre (1,089-feet) tanker and the vessel was barely leaning to the left, the ICG mentioned.
Rescuers mentioned the blaze had not reached the crude oil cargo. The diesel is believed to have leaked when the ship’s gasoline storage tanks ruptured and combined with sea water that was pumped to douse the flames.
Sri Lanka’s chief prosecutor, Dappula de Livera, informed native marine authorities to pursue a declare for damages and order the house owners to tow the tanker away from Sri Lankan waters.
The vessel first reported a fireplace whereas passing the nation’s east coast on Thursday after a boiler room explosion killed a Filipino crew member.
In July, Japanese bulk provider MV Wakashio crashed right into a reef in Mauritius, leaking greater than 1,000 tonnes of oil into the island nation’s pristine waters.