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Burnt New Diamond leaves Sri Lanka and heads to the UAE

Sri Lanka has allowed the burnt New Diamond VLCC to leave the country and head to the Khorfakkan in the United Arab Emirates. Its cargo will be transferred in the UAE to another ship and sent to client Indian Oil Corp’s Paradip refinery.

The fully laden New Shipping-controlled tanker suffered a boiler explosion a month ago, resulting in a sizeable fire centred around its accomodation block. India and Sri Lanka deployed significant resources to douse the blaze. Some bunker fuel spilt from the tanker last month.  

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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