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Sri Lanka indicts skipper of fire stricken oil tanker

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 8, 2020
Sri Lanka on Thursday indicted the Greek skipper of a fire damaged supertanker for causing an oil spill and failing to report the environmental damage to the island's waters.
New Diamond
Sri Lanka   New Diamond
The Panamanian registered New Diamond, travelling from Kuwait to India with 270,000 tonnes of crude oil, was passing by Sri Lanka's east coast when the fire broke out on September 3.

Topics: Sri Lanka

Firefighters succeeded in putting out the blaze, and the crude remained unaffected but some of the tanker's fuel leaked.

Attorney-General Dappula de Livera filed charges against Steiros Ilas Kardany in the Colombo High Court under two counts that carry a maximum penalty of 20 million rupees ($108,000).

A date for a hearing is yet to be announced.

The fire started after an engine room boiler exploded, killing one crew member.