‘MT New Diamond’ owners agree to pay Rs.442M

2020-09-26 at 13:57

The owners of the Panamanian Crude Oil Tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ have agreed to fully settle, the compensation claim of Government Stakeholders for Rs.442 million in costs incurred to douse the flame and estimated costs of marine environment pollution caused by the disaster.

When inquired by NewsRadio, Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne stated the owners of the vessel have expressed their agreement to the Attorney General to settle the claim in full promptly.

The Attorney General initially issued an interim claim of Rs.340 million and then a further Rs.100 million in compensation from the owners of the fire-stricken vessel, for the impact it had on the country.

A fire broke out on the Panamanian registered fuel tanker on the 3rd of September due to an engine room explosion at around 7.45am, 35 nautical miles off the coast of Sangaman Kanda Point.

A Joint effort by the Sri Lanka Navy, Air Force and Indian Navy succeeded in dousing the flames.

The vessel is currently located in deep seas around 67 nautical miles away from the coast of Batticaloa.