VLCC TANKER NEW DIAMOND FIRE UNDER CONTROL, TOWAGE UPDATES

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Sep 4, 1820 UTC UPDATE: Offshore tug ALP WINGER (IMO 9367504) took NEW DIAMOND on tow, towage commenced at around 1620 UTC, in eastern direction, at some 2 knots speed, but caravan is gathering way.

1615 UTC UPDATE: According to Indian Coast Guard, fire is under control, and it looks like under control on latest photos. Tanker is ready to be towed either off to ocean away from Sri Lankan coast, or if/when fire is extinguished, to nearest most suitable port. But as of 1615 UTC, towage didn’t yet commence. Anyway, great news on fire being taken under control!

Sep 4 1615 UTC UPDATE: According to Indian Coast Guard, fire is under control, and it looks like under control on latest photos. Tanker is ready to be towed either off to ocean away from Sri Lankan coast, or if/when fire is extinguished, to nearest most suitable port. But as of 1615 UTC, towage didn’t yet commence. Anyway, great news on fire being taken under control!

Sep 4 0400 UTC UPDATE: Firefighting continues, carried out, understood, by joint efforts of Indian, Sri Lankan and Russian Navy and CG ships, offshore tug APL WINGER (IMO 9367504), but Russian ships had already left the scene. At least 2 tugs from Hambantota port are also deployed. Master of NEW DIAMOND is on board of one of the ships, assisting in firefighting. From the looks of latest photos, fire is contained around portside superstructure, tanker developed slight portside list, nothing unusual in major fire accidents. Tanker drifted some 20 nm SW, closer to Sri Lanka coast, now she’s some 25 nm off coastline with inoperative AIS.

My initial assumption, that the majority of ND crew were picked up by MT HELEN M (IMO 9308223), was correct, later they’ve been transferred to one of SLN ships and… isolated on “pandemic” fears and protocols. Injured 3 Engineer is OK, nothing life-threatening. Missing seaman is of Filipino nationality. Cargo tanks as of morning Sep 4, were intact.

Posted in Accidents by Mikhail Voytenko on Sep 03, 2020 at 06:45.