Oil tanker MT New Diamond: AG increases claim by Rs 100M
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Attorney General Dappula de Livera has submitted a further claim of Rs 100 million to the owners of the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond, which caught fire off the Eastern seas here, increasing the total claim to Rs 440 million, stated his Coordinating Secretary State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne yesterday.
On 16 September, the Attorney General had submitted an interim claim of Rs 340 million to the lawyers representing owners of the oil tanker, for the costs incurred by the Sri Lankan Government in the assistance rendered to the ship and other related matters.
The claim sought compensation for the costs related to the assistance rendered by all stakeholders including the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN), Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC), Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) and Department of Coast Conservation, to douse the fire onboard the oil tanker, and other related matters.
Jayaratne said the owners of the crude oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ have informed de Livera of their agreement to fully settle the interim claim of the Government stakeholders for Rs 340 million.