No oil spillage from X-Press Pearl

The activity to tow the harmed boxship MV X-Press Pearl vessel was stopped yesterday as the harsh of the boat had connected with the ocean bed, Sri Lanka Navy Spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said.

Nonetheless, he said that starting the previous evening, there was no indication of an oil spillage except for the Sri Lankan and Indian Coast Guard ships with capacities of managing an oil slick are ready and waiting to react in such a situation.

The rescue group had started towing the boat utilizing a towing boat from the Dutch rescue firm SMIT around 9.00 am yesterday. In any case, the Navy Spokesman said that the boat couldn’t be taken excessively far as the harsh space of the boat, which was at that point taking in water, had connected with the ocean bed making it difficult to move the boat.


As per the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), in case of an oil slick, the ocean regions extending from Dikovita to Kepungoda, Negombo would be influenced.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa prior taught specialists to tow the destroyed X-Press Pearl Container Ship into the remote oceans to limit conceivable harm to the marine climate.

The President expressed that the choice taken depends exclusively on specialized realities and not on governmental issues. Climate Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that despite the fact that billions of Rupees would be paid as pay for the X-Press Pearl fire, the ecological harm caused is hopeless.

The Minister said that the Government has given greatest consideration to the harm brought about by the Pearl Express fire and various choices were taken in such manner at the conversation hung on Tuesday under the support of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.


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