The Marine Environment Protection Authority says that the oil spil in the sea around the New Diamond ship was not from the stored crude oil from the ship.
Its Chairperson Attorney Dharshani Lahadapura stated this while participating in a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday.
However, the Government Analyst has informed that a solid fuel oil in the engine room of the ship has leaked into the sea.
The report of the water samples taken recently from the sea area around the ship was handed over to the Marine Environment Protection Authority yesterday.
Accordingly, the General Manager of the Authority Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara stated that it has been confirmed that there has been a maritime pollution from this ship.
The Marine Environmental Protection Authority further stated that the ship is currently 64 nautical miles from Kalmunai and the water sprayed on the ship at the time of the fire is being removed from it.