Fourth crude oil ship in Colombo, but unable to unload

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A ship laden with 90,000 MT of crude oil had arrived at the Colombo Harbour on Thursday mounting the number of anchored crude oil ships to four and accumulating the unloaded crude oil in them to 290,000 MTs, sources said.

It was revealed that three ships that arrived on May 20, June 10 and 18 were already anchored without being unable to unload the crude oil due to a broken buoy in the supply pipeline since May 23.

“Only 20,000 MT of crude oil were unloaded from the first ship on May 23 and the buoy had broken down leaving 70,000 MTs in the ship. Two more ships arrived with 90,000 MTs and 40,000 MTs and the buoy was not replaced and by Thursday another ship had arrived with 90,000 MTs,” sources said.

They said the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will have to pay a fee of US$ 30,000 per day for each ship after the first week from its arrival, for anchoring without unloading crude oil.    

However Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarsha Yapa earlier said that there would not be fuel shortage in the country. (Sanath Desmond and Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 12

  • ordinary man Saturday, 12 July 2014 03:04 PM

    its belived that all are being reconsturcted at the cheapest cost and quality but the money they take is for high quality. The point here is all r gready jus think if it happens to u or ur children you will be cursed in the here after. via DM Android App

    hafeez Saturday, 12 July 2014 03:25 PM

    Ok no probs 30k approved but how much will go in pockets via DM Android App

    Sundar Saturday, 12 July 2014 04:02 PM

    The question is who is gaining from the 30K daily demurrage per ship via DM iPad app

    Firth Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:52 AM

    Remember its not just LKR 30k. its 30000x130 = 3,900,000LKR per ship. X 4 ships = 15,600,000.00 per day. Now do the calculation. When doing this kind of operation constant inspection and alternative method should have in place. This can happen, but denying is not the way to look into d problem... unless we fight these kind of overlooked wastage and fight the corruption. we will not go forward... these roads and walkways r nice for high interest rate but those alone will develop d country ...

    Tomiya Saturday, 12 July 2014 04:53 PM

    Bandula said Rs.2500- inough to run house holds.. Reduces the sallary of Minister & His Advisor (If any) & All officials at the ministry & Corporation who responsible for this... They are wasting public MONEY. .. Pls. act now... via DM Android App

    M.O.A.Careem Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:17 PM

    Politics, Hedging - now US d 30,000 per day - more over - draw salary without work per head LKR 100,000/- plus O/T who is responsible = public for it

    lukman Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:55 AM

    Also we dont expect any price hike too via DM Android App

    Dee Saturday, 12 July 2014 04:55 AM

    Guys forget about this. Look at at all the development work. Roads, highways, walkways. Ports. Ain't we living in a rosy land? Be happy.

    Pump Operator Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:56 AM

    The minister denied that there were ships with oil berthed in the Colombo harbour. He said this at a press conference to deny allegations of trade unions. Either he was not aware of the affairs of the CPC or was deliberately lying to mislead the public. Miracle of Asia. via DM iPad app

    Anticleon Saturday, 12 July 2014 11:22 AM

    The minister is not talking about the real problem. Shortage is not the topic. Its the 30k payments that matter and he doesnt care about it because we pay his bills too.... via DM Android App

    Muthyavan. Saturday, 12 July 2014 04:59 AM

    Why cant their be an alternative line for feeding the refinery. With millions of tons of oil consumed daily. via DM iPad app

    Poor Citizen Saturday, 12 July 2014 05:02 AM

    Ohh God 30000 per day. Are we to bear it too

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