Attempts were made earlier to unload this stock of petrol at the Colombo harbor, but when a sample of the fuel was tested at the CPC Kolonnawa laboratory (Particulate test), it was found to be of poor quality.
Accordingly, this stock of fuel was rejected.
The stock of fuel was transported by the vessel Strom Astrid, while 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns from CPC sources that it was carrying 30,000 metric tons of fuel.
Fuel unloaded in a dangerous manner
However, Strom Astrid had unloaded the stock of oil at Trincomalee in a highly dangerous manner of Ship To Ship Transfer (STS).
STS is usually carried out at specific locations under strict safety conditions. However, at the time this stock of fuel was unloaded in Trincomalee, at least no fire fighting facilities were available in case a fire erupted.
However, 11,000 tons of fuel had been unloaded in Trincomalee from Storm Astrid fuel carrier to Unic Developer vessel.
It is also reported that the fuel carrier Storm Astrid is making great efforts to unload the balance stock of fuel at the Colombo harbor.
Meanwhile, a CPC employee said that as a stock of the sub standard fuel had been unloaded in Trincomalee, people of the area will have to be mindful of the possibility of being sold this sub standard fuel through filling stations.
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