Sri Lanka has extended shoreline cleaning to its western coastline for at least six months in the aftermath of the fire aboard Singapore-flagged MV X-press Pearl, a container ship that had been carrying hazardous chemicals.
Seven employees of the local agents of the MV X-Press Pearl were arrested today by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and had been granted bail eventually.
Indian hydrographic naval ship Sarvekshak has discovered a concentration of debris within three miles of the wreck of X-press Pearl that sank off the coast of Colombo in early June.
Sri Lanka announced on Wednesday that the X-Press Pearl disaster had brought the deaths of over 200 marine animals, including 20 dolphins, four whales, and 176 sea turtles after a chemical-laden ship caught fire and later sank.
A petition to the Sri Lankan Supreme Court has called for damages of Rs 500,000 to each fisherman affected by the burning and sinking of container ship X-Press Pearl.
About a hundred carcasses of sea turtles with both shell and throat damage, a blue whale, and a few dozens of dead dolphins have recently washed up on the shores of Sri Lanka after a cargo ship burned and sank, raising fears of an ecological disaster.
The UN representative in Sri Lanka said that the sinking of the Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl that had caught fire while transporting potentially harmful chemicals off Colombo caused tremendous “damage to the planet” by releasing several hazardous substances into our ecosystem.
Environmental activists sued the Sri Lankan government last week after MV X-Press Pearl carrying plastics and dangerous chemicals burned off the coast in the Indian Sea for about two weeks.
Meghna Innova Rubber Ltd and Gazi Auto Tyre Ltd say the cargo ship contained at least 10 containers, which were loaded with synthetic rubber worth more than Tk 35 million.