Due to the ship, pollution of oil and debris has been seen for a few days in the coastal area near the city of Negombo in Sri Lanka.
A chemical-laden cargo ship is sinking in the sea off the coast of Sri Lanka. It is believed that this ship can create a major environmental disaster. The ship registered in Singapore was on fire for the past two weeks on the X-Press Pearl.
It has been told that if the ship is completely submerged, hundreds of tons of engine oil will leak into the sea. This can affect marine life. The navies of Sri Lanka and India have worked together in the past in an effort to extinguish the fire and prevent the ship from collapsing and sinking. But adverse sea conditions and monsoon winds hampered the operation.
Sri Lanka Navy spokesman Captain Indica Silva told the BBC that the ship was sinking. Efforts are being made to take the ship into the deep sea before sinking to reduce marine pollution, but the rear of the ship has been washed away due to the fire.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Fisheries has banned ships from entering the Negombo Lagoon and fishing from Panadura to Negombo with immediate effect. This has been done because the rescue company said that the ship is sinking rapidly.
The Minister of State for Fisheries also said that emergency containment measures have been taken to protect the lagoon and surrounding areas to prevent damage from any debris or in case of oil spill.
Oil and debris pollution has been seen for a few days in the sprawling coastal area near the city of Negombo. This area is the area with some of the cleanest beaches in Sri Lanka. The pollution in this coastal area can be seen in the pictures.
X-Press Shipping Company is based in Singapore, which owns the ship. The company said that the crew was aware of the leak. It said both Qatar and India had refused permission for the crew to leave the ship before the fire broke out. This was the reason why Sri Lanka allowed the ship to come in its waters. Due to this, now there is anger of the people towards the government.
The authorities have filed a police complaint against the captain of the ship. The ship’s captain and other crew members were rescued last week. Sri Lanka Police said on Tuesday that they questioned the ship’s captain and engineer for more than 14 hours.