Sep 18, 2020

MT New Diamond : 2 nautical miles of sea polluted! Featured

The Colombo Magistrate yesterday (17) issued summons on the Captain of the MT New Diamond oil tanker to appear before courts on Sep. 28.

The Attorney General had yesterday instructed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to file a report in court against the captain of the ship and the AG was of the opinion that there was sufficient evidence to file charges against the captain of the ship.

Sri Lanka had sought an initial compensation of Rs 340 million from the MT New Diamond oil tanker.

When the case was taken up yesterday through a motion, the Deputy Solicitor General informed the court that a layer of oil, around 400 meters wide and around 2 meters in depth, that had leaked from the tanker is visible in the sea area in question.

He also said that it has been uncovered that the sea water up to a distance of around 02 nautical miles from the area where the vessel was on fire has been polluted owing to this oil leakage.