MEPA Chairperson Darshani Lahandapura confirmed that permission was not given to tow-away the crude oil tanker, MT New Diamond.
MT New Diamond was damaged by two fires over a week in early September. The owner has agreed to pay $1.8 million to SriLanka for its help in extinguishing the fire, said an official on Thursday.
The Sri Lankan Navy reported that international experts and salvage team arrived at the fire stricken oil tanker MT New Diamond on Thursday to inspect the ship and start salvage operations.
A very large crude oil tanker (VLCC) ship which is carrying 2,70,000 tonnes of oil cargo coming from Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait, caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka.
On 12 January 2016, the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the MLC, 2006.
Sri Lanka-based CICT has recorded a 28 percent increase in its yearly container volume, handling 2 million TEUs in 2016, compared to 1.56 million TEUs seen in 2015.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is heading to Beijing on Wednesday to negotiate a $125 million penalty that a Chinese state firm is seeking from Sri Lanka for suspending work on a big port development project.
Sri Lanka has granted approval for a $1.4 billion Chinese-backed real estate project in Colombo to resume construction next week, ending a year-long delay, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Thursday.