X-Press Pearl: Sri Lanka braces for oil spill as ship sinks

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3rd June, 2021 04:35:20 PM printer

X-Press Pearl: Sri Lanka braces for oil spill as ship sinks

Sri Lankan authorities are preparing for an oil spill from a sunken container ship after efforts to tow the vessel into deeper waters failed.

The Singapore-registered X-Press Pearl had been on fire for two weeks near the port of Colombo. Part of the hull has now settled on the seabed.

Experts fear hundreds of tonnes of fuel oil in the ship's tanks could devastate nearby marine life and beaches.

The X-Press Pearl had been carrying 25 tonnes of nitric acid along with other chemicals and cosmetics when it caught fire. The huge blaze was put out earlier this week.

Pollution from the ship, including huge amounts of plastic pellets, has already coated stretches of Sri Lanka's western coastline.

(BBC)


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