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Tanker With 2 Million Barrels Oil Catches Fire Off Sri Lanka

  • Indian Oil-chartered vessel was carrying oil to Paradip plant
  • A 2-meter crack seen at the rear of the oil tanker’s port side
Smoke rises after a fire broke out on a Panama-registered oil tanker east of Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 3.

Smoke rises after a fire broke out on a Panama-registered oil tanker east of Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 3.

Source:  Sri Lankan Air Force via AP

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An oil tanker loaded with two million barrels of Kuwaiti crude was towed further away from the Sri Lankan coast on Saturday, as rescuers continue to fight a fire that started Thursday morning.