Fire ravaged New Diamond VLCC set to discharge cargo at Kandla port

The burnt New Diamond VLCC will discharge its cargo at an offshore oil terminal at Kandla Port Trust rather than its intended destination of Paradip.

The fully laden Panamanian flagged ship, owned by Adam Polemis’s New Shipping, suffered a severe fire earlier this month off Sri Lanka when a boiler exploded in its engine room. One crewmember died in the accident and significant resources were deployed from India and Sri Lanka to douse the blaze.

The New Diamond‘s captain appeared in court in Sri Lanka for an initial hearing into the accident.

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.


  1. “Will be discharged”, I think, as I doubt if her cargo and ballast pumps are operational… Or her IGS!

    1. or steam Andrew… the cargo now will have 2 meters sediments and sludge blocking the bell-mouths !!!

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