Nov 06, 2017

Ship arrives with diesel, petrol due on 9th Featured

A ship carrying a consignment of diesel arrived at Colombo port at 6.38 am today (06).

CPC sources said the unloading would begin this afternoon after samples are tested.

Meanwhile, reports warn of a shortage of diesel until November 11, as an order by the CPC will be delivered by only the 09th.

The ship, Neverska Lady, is due at 12.30 am that day.

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Present positioning of the ship according to satellite data:

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The prevailing shortage is due to two shiploads containing 40,000 metric tons of petrol being rejected as they are not upto the standards.

The daily requirement of petrol is 4.6 million litres.

The Sapugaskanda refinery produces 5,000 mt a day.

Owing to the situation, filling stations issue two litres for a motorcycle, three litres for a three-wheleer and for a jeep or a car, it is 20 litres.

Since last Friday, there have been long queues at filling stations, and a lesser number of vehicles is on the roads.

The petroleum ministry secretary was not available for a comment, as he was said to be at a meeting.