X-Press Pearl debris to be moved!

Sri Lanka | 10th June 2021 | Virtual Wire

Sri Lanka has decided to transport all the debris accumulated following the X-Press Pearl disaster to a large storage facility. The debris accumulated from the beaches along the west coast is positioned at a private facility in Wattala, Sri Lanka.

Chairman of Sri Lanka’s Central Environment Authority S. Samarasinghe showed that 823 containers from a total of 1,486 contained polythene and plastics.

The ship's aft portion remains on the seabed at a depth of approximately 21 meters and the forward section stays afloat and is reported as stable. It is already discovered that the delivery had contained 25 tons of poisonous materials in 81 containers.

Sri Lanka’s port authorities have stated that X-Press Pearl had entered ports in Qatar and India. However, Hamad Port in Qatar and Hazira Port in India were unwilling to repair the alleged nitric acid leakage in the ship. Many parties allege that the ship couldn’t have entered Port of Colombo without informing the port authorities of the leakage.

Critics underscore that the ship turned into allowed entering because the authorities were eyeing for compensation. They additionally allege that the ship was later made to sink.

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