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AG forwards Rs. 3.423 billion claim to owners of MT New Diamond

The Attorney General has forwarded the marine pollution claim of Rs. 3.423 billion (USD 19.022 million) to lawyers of the owners of crude oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ in respect of the oil spill caused in September 2020, says the AG’s Coordination Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne.

At around 8.30 am on September 03, 2020, the oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’, sailing 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point east of Sri Lankan seas, was engulfed by fire following an explosion of a boiler in the main engine room.

The vessel was subsequently towed to safe waters and the Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Indian Defence Forces, and the Indian Coast Guard had doused the fire in a joint operation.

The final report on the settlement of compensation for the damages caused by the ‘MT New Diamond’ crude oil tanker was to be handed over to the Attorney General on Thursday (April 08).