Fire reignites on laden VLCC off Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities have spent the last 20 hours fighting to contain a reignited fire on the laden Panamanian-flagged VLCC New Diamond.

The blaze, which had initially thought to have been brought under control on Sunday after more than three days, started again on the starboard side near the funnel on Monday evening.

The Sri Lanka Navy said the fire was reignited due to high winds fanning the red hot ship.

Ships, aircraft, and tugboats belonging to the Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Indian Navy, and Indian Coast Guard have been working all day to douse the ship.

India today sent fresh supplies of firefighting chemicals to help battle the fire on the the 20-year-old New Shipping tanker.

The ship is carrying 270,000 tonnes of Kuwaiti crude, initially intended for Indian Oil Corp’s refinery in Paradip.

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. Tugs should use the water guns with low-expansion foam to cover the bridge and funnel. Like airports do.

    1. Manolis,looks like you know everything.About time you get out there and pull your weight.
      Yes me talking retired marine/salvage engineer.
      Comments are eazy made from your lounge chair.

      1. And how do we know you are a salvage engineer? just because you say so? or how do we know you were a good one indeed? like you give credentials, right Hans?

      2. Ignore him. Anyone who spouts “wisdom” and feels the need to add “Captain” (or whatever spelling of the rank) to his name on an open online forum to give weight to his frequent ramblings, clearly suffers from small PP syndrome.

  2. Well said Hans. From a retired Chief engineer/Superintendent.

    Armchair Experts/ cheerleaders are a plenty!

  3. Oh, just ignore Manolis. He’s the resident troll on Splash247.

    What worries me more is how people are so quick to condemn and assuming facts of any incident even before any proper investigations is carried out. The articles on Wakashio clearly shows how many readers are not taking what is posted as facts but stringing those to conform to their own biased opinion.

    In addition, it is really infuriating to note the lack of empathy for those who risk and lost their lives in accidents that many of the commentators are showing.

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