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Stricken tanker’s captain to face fees in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will file negligence and air pollution fees towards the Greek skipper of an oil tanker that leaked gasoline off the island nation’s coast after a week-long hearth, authorities stated Wednesday (Sep 16).

A few of the 1,700 tonnes of heavy gasoline oil aboard the New Diamond poured into the Indian Ocean, prompting a big effort to comprise a slick that was roughly two kilometres in size.

Its 270,000-tonne cargo of crude oil was unaffected by the hearth.

“There’s enough proof to prosecute the skipper underneath the marine air pollution act in addition to the penal code for legal negligence,” a spokeswoman for Lawyer-Normal Dappula de Livera advised reporters in Colombo.

A lot of the slick has been cleaned up and no additional gasoline has leaked from the vessel since Friday. For now, there are not any indicators of the slick reaching the coast.

The Panamanian-registered tanker’s homeowners would even be slapped with a US$1.88 million fire-fighting invoice, de Livera stated in a press release.

The vessel is owned by Liberian-registered Porto Emporios Delivery Inc and managed by Greek ship proprietor, New Delivery Restricted, in line with the Sri Lankan navy.

Compensation would even be sought from the homeowners for the price of any environmental clean-up and injury, the assertion added.

Sri Lanka has in the meantime requested the ship’s homeowners to tow the 330-metre tanker past its unique financial zone, which extends 370 kilometres from its coast.

The nation’s environmental authorities worry a marine catastrophe if the tanker is allowed to switch its oil to a different ship within the nation’s waters.

The stricken tanker is at present positioned some 70 nautical miles east off the Sri Lankan coastal city of Batticaloa.

The ship issued a misery sign in early September whereas en path to the northeast Indian port of Paradip when a boiler exploded killing a Filipino crewman

The vessel’s remaining 22 crew, together with the captain, have been rescued and are in quarantine at a lodge within the southern port metropolis of Galle underneath the supervision of the navy.

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