A ship carrying raw material used in chemicals and cosmetics caught fire on May 20 near the Colombo coast. This ship was coming from Hazira in Gujarat.
Ship sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka
Ocean experts in Sri Lanka have recovered the data recorder of the Singapore-flagged ship which is slowly sinking off the Colombo coast after the fire. Investigators have started investigation to find out the reason behind this incident. This incident has raised the possibility of polluting the marine environment.
The Sri Lankan Ports Authority said in a statement on Saturday that there were no signs of oil or chemicals leaking from the ship so far. The Sri Lankan Navy, Indian Coast Guard and local authorities are present at the site to deal with any oil pollution or clear debris and are closely monitoring the situation round the clock, the statement said.
The data will prove to be important in the investigation
Experts from the ‘Merchant Shipping Secretariat’, with the help of the Sri Lankan Navy, on Saturday recovered the data recorder or VDR of the MV X-Press Pearl, also known as the ‘black box of the ship’. A ship carrying raw materials used in chemicals and cosmetics caught fire off the Colombo coast on May 20. This ship was coming from Hazira in Gujarat.
All 25 crew members of the Indian, Chinese, Philippine and Russian nationals aboard the ship were safely rescued on May 21. The recovered VDR was handed over to the local law enforcement agencies to help in the investigation. Police spokesman Ajit Rohan said that this would prove to be important in the investigation to trace the key conversations.
What is VDR?
A VDR is a device mounted on a ship that continuously records important information related to the operation of the ship. The VDR data of any ship can be used as vital information during accident investigation. A team of 14 experts from the government’s analysis department has been appointed to assess the impact of the ship’s fire on the marine environment. He will collect samples of sea water to find out.
Meanwhile, the rear part of the ship is on the bottom of the sea at a depth of about 21 meters and the front part is slowly going down. Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has so far recorded the statements of 20 crew members and officers regarding the incident.
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