FACTBOX-Fully loaded supertanker catches fire off Sri Lanka

Sept 4- A fire broke out on a Panama- flagged supertanker carrying about 2 million barrels of oil in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Sri Lanka. The fully-laden vessel was carrying about 2 million barrels of Kuwait oil valued at roughly $90 million to the Paradip refinery on India’s east coast when fire broke out in the engine on Sept 3. The 20- year-old New…

Sept 4 (Reuters) – A fire broke out on a Panama-flagged

supertanker carrying about 2 million barrels of oil in the

Indian Ocean off the east coast of Sri Lanka. One of its 23 crew

is missing and presumed dead.

Below are details of the ship:

The 299,986 dead weight tonne (dwt) very large crude carrier(VLCC) tanker has a total capacity 340,104 cubic meters, orabout 300,000 tonnes.

The fully-laden vessel was carrying about 2 million barrels(around 270,000 tonnes) of Kuwait oil valued at roughly $90million to the Paradip refinery on India’s east coast when firebroke out in the engine on Sept 3.

The 333-meter long double-hulled supertanker was built in2000 by Mitsui Ichihara Engineering & Shipbuilding in Japan.

The 20-year-old New Diamond was previously sold at $26.5million in January 2013, and the current market value is $21.28million, according to VesselsValue, a company that tracks shipsand vessel transactions.

The Panamanian-flagged tanker (IMO number 9191424) is ownedby Liberia-based Porto Emporios Shipping Inc since 2013.

The vessel’s commercial and safety manager is Greece-basedNew Shipping Ltd, which has a fleet of 32 oil tankers and bulkcarriers under its care, according to data from Equasis.org, ashipping transparency website.

In 1992, the United Nations shipping agency, theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO), mandated that alltankers of 5,000 dwt and more be fitted with double hulls toreduce the likelihood of leaks following the Exxon Valdez oilspill disaster in Alaska in 1989.(Reporting by Roslan Khasawneh; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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