A fire that began in the engine room of the crude carrier New Diamond has been reported to have disabled the vessel. On September 3, 2020, the vessel issued a distress call while in the Bay of Bengal, southeast of the Sri Lankan coast. At the time, the vessel was en route from Basra, Iraq to Paradip, India. Non-essential crew members have evacuated the ship and boarded a passing cargo ship. The Captain and several crew remained on board the ship to continue battling the fire. It is unknown at this time if any of the crew have sustained injuries or burns. The vessel had 23 crew members on board, one of whom has been reported missing.
The New Diamond is a very large crude carrier (VLCC) built in 2000. It is owned and operated by the Greek company New Shipping Ltd-LIB. The carrier was under charter by Indian Oil Corp, and reportedly has roughly two million barrels of oil on board. It is insured with the West of England P&I Club.
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