Sri Lanka to Charge Captain of Fire-Stricken Tanker New Diamond

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Monday September 21, 2020

The captain of the VLCC that caught fire in the Indian Ocean earlier this month will face charges in Sri Lanka, according to news agency Al Jazeera.

There is sufficient evidence to charge the captain under the country's marine pollution act as well as the penal code for criminal evidence, Al Jazeera cited a spokeswoman for the country's attorney general as saying last week.

TheĀ New DiamondĀ spilled some of its bunker fuel after catching fire off Sri Lanka in early September. The ship was carrying a 270,000 mt crude cargo from Kuwait to Paradip.

Sri Lanka will also seek $1.88 million in damages from the ship's owners, Al Jazeera said.