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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

DIGITAL EDITION | TELEVION

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Expedite action against X-Press Pearl disaster – Wijeyadasa tells Officials

Sri Lanka to expedite measures to take legal action and secure damages for the devastation caused by the fire-ravaged Singapore container ship.

The Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, gave instructions to the Officials to take the necessary steps without delay regarding the legal actions and obtaining compensation.

The Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl container ship carrying a hazardous chemical cargo caught fire on May 20, 2021 while at anchorage 9.5 nm off Colombo Harbor due to a chemical leak in a container.

It burned for 13 days before the fire was put out on June 02. The ship, along with its hazardous cargo, sank afterwards.

There were 1,486 containers on board, cargo including 25 tons of nitric acid, and a large stock of fine plastic granules for use in the production of plastic products.

The chemical leak caused serious damage to Sri Lanka’s marine environment. It has been called the single worst incident of plastic marine pollution in the world.

The ship was on its way from the Indian Port of Hazira to Singapore via Colombo when a fire was reported.

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