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Specialized fire fighting team on board the oil tanker says the Sri Lankan naval commander

The Sri Lankan Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne directed another specially trained Firefighting and Disaster Management team from the Navy to join the effort on the MT-New Diamond in the light of fire erupting from the tanker off and on. One such round of reignited fire was put off on September 8 th

"They would board the ship to review its present standing and gather specifics to decide the future course of action, once the disaster situation on the ship is completely under control," the Sri Lankan Navy reported according to Sri Lankan media reports. 

This collaborative effort receives ample support from the foreign salvage and disaster management teams

Accordingly, the disaster management operation is continuing with the unwavering contribution of ships, tugs and aircraft hurried by the Sri Lanka Navy and rest of the partners in the mission.  This collaborative effort also receives ample support from the foreign salvage and disaster management teams.

Meanwhile, the disaster management teams have successfully brought the fire, which reignited aboard MT New Diamond as a result of adverse weather, under control by morning hours of September 09th. "There are no flames or smoke to be noticed as of now and the distressed ship is being towed further away towards safe waters by a tug," The Navy added.

Distressed oil tanker is now about 37 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point

The distressed oil tanker is now about 37 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point and the disaster management operation is continuing at full steam in rough sea conditions and strong winds.

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