Sri Lanka seeks $1.9 million from the owner of New Diamond
Sri Lanka is seeking assistance from the owner of the stricken oil supertanker New Diamond for at least 340 million rupees ($1.9 million) after it caught fire on September 3.
The fully-loaded vessel is still in the waters of Sri Lanka, although the fire was totally extinguished last week.
Greece-based Porto Emporios Shipping Inc is the registered owner of a 20-year-old Panama-flagged very large crude carrier. New Shipping Ltd is vessel manager.
The Indian Oil Corp chartered the vessel to import 2 million barrels of oil from Kuwait to Paradip in eastern India. The ship has left long trails of marine oil slicks.
SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd has been named by New Shipping Ltd to lead salvage operations.
Salvagers in the engine room have already vacated the ruptured tank and moved the dirty water to the ballast area.
Maritime Business World