MT New Diamond agrees to pay compensation

The owners of the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond, have agreed to settle fully the interim claim of Government stakeholders for over Rs. 300 million.

The decision was informed to Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera by the ship owners today.

Coordinating Secretary to the AG State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said that the owners have agreed to make the full interim claim of Rs. 340 million.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera also submitted a further claim of Rs.100 million against the Owners of Crude Oil Tanker MT New Diamond, she said.

A total of Rs.440 million has so far been sought as compensation from the owners of the oil tanker.

Meanwhile, a panel of scientists appointed by the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) submitted their interim report to the Attorney General and confirmed there was marine pollution as a result of the oil leak from MT New Diamond.

Sri Lanka last week sought an initial compensation of Rs 340 million from the MT New Diamond oil tanker.

Attorney General Dappula De Livera presented the request for compensation to the lawyers representing the owners of the ship.

The Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard worked together to control the fire that erupted after an explosion of a boiler in the main engine room of MT New Diamond, while sailing 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point east of Sri Lankan seas on 3rd September. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This is really good news, but we should not go by “default” on the 25% clain right on the salvaged vessels and the oil it contains. Government officials of MEPA and the Directorate of Merchant Marine may have have beencareless on this matter, yet legally we have still a hold on it. Quite certainly the question is how come that they allowed the Salvage Company representatives of the owner fro Singapore board the oil tanker with out the Navy, MEPA or the Directorate of Merchant Marine “NOT” accompanying. This needs an URGENT probe/inquiry by the Presidential Secretariat or the PM’s Office.
    We have been calling for this from day one of the news published in the media on this site.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener “The Muslim Voice”.

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