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Indian Oil Corp-chartered tanker with 2 million barrels of oil catches fire off Sri Lanka: 1 missing, 1 injured out of 23 crew

The tanker known as New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) was chartered by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and was headed towards the Paradip Port in Odisha, where the state-run oil company operates a three lakh barrel-per-day refinery.

A fully loaded oil tanker caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka earlier on Thursday leaving one of its 23 crew members missing and another injured. Sri Lanka dispatched four navy ships to help rescue the trapped crew members and put out the fire.

The tanker known as New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) was chartered by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and was headed towards the Paradip Port in Odisha, where the state-run oil company operates a three lakh barrel-per-day refinery.

According to agency reports stating Sri Lankan navy spokesperson Capt Indika Silva, the fire started in the engine room of New Diamond and later spread across to other parts of the tanker.