Travel ban imposed on captain of MT New Diamond

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today imposed a travel ban on the captain of the MT New Diamond oil tanker.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera had earlier requested the court to remand the captain of the oil tanker which caught fire while sailing 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point east of Sri Lankan seas on 3rd September.

However, the Colombo Magistrate’s Court refused to remand the captain and instead imposed a travel ban.

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.

Earlier, the owners of the MT New Diamond had agreed to settle fully the interim claim of Government stakeholders for over Rs. 300 million.

The owners had thereafter agreed to settle the full claim of Rs 442 Million made by Sri Lanka last week. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Dappula de Livera’s enthusiasm for remanding all and sunder knows no bounds.

    How can anyone justify remanding the captain of a ship that suffered a catastrophic accident ? Apparently the only person who isn’t aware that machinery is prone to failure is the Attorney General. The captain has lost a crewman. The last thing the poor man needs is harassment in an already distressing situation.

    The attorney general has proved to be a very low-class human being.

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