The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) yesterday used dry chemical powder as part of the operations to douse the  fire on the MT New Diamond oil tanker.

Its the first time dry chemical power has been used , the SLAF said in a press release.

A Bell 212 helicopter belonging to the 7th regiment of the SLAF dropped 1000 kilograms of dry chemical powder on to the ill-fated tanker effectively controlling the fire.  

A MI 17 helicopter belonging to the 6th regiment dropped approximately 100,000 liters of water yesterday (6) adding up the total amount of water dropped since September 3 to approximately 440,000 liters.

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN said that while the fire was completely doused by last afternoon , there is a possibility of a recurrence of the fire due to the high temperature inside the ship and environmental influences.

SLN said it is on high alert and is ready for any emergency.

Meanwhile, a team of 10 British and Netherlands experts, including salvage operations experts, assessors and a legal adviser arrived in Sri Lanka this morning under the facilitation of the company that works as the commercial and technical operator of MT New Diamond.

The team of experts will assess the damage caused to the ship. Accordingly, the proceedings regarding the ship will be decided on their recommendations.

Fire on oil tanker completely doused by SLN but there is possibility of recurrence (pix. credit SLAF)