despite the efforts to get out fire Aboard the MS X-Press Pearl, officials expect the ship, which has been burning off the coast of Sri Lanka since May 20, to sink. According to the Sri Lankan Marine Environment and Protection Authority (MEPA), the Singapore-registered ship is causing “the worst environmental disaster we have seen in our lifetime”.
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The MS X-Press Pearl was on its way from Gujarat in India to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, when the ship caught fire nine nautical miles away. of Sri Lanka Coast. According to the ship’s operator, X-Press Feeder, the ship contained 1,486 containers, including 81 that contained “dangerous goods”. Twenty-five metric tons of nitric acid was aboard, along with other chemicals not yet exposed.
The Sri Lankan Navy and the Indian Coast Guard have worked together to douse the flames and prevent the ship from sinking or breaking into pieces. But things are not looking good for the MS X-Press Pearl, and they are looking even worse for the marine life, local fisheries and the beautiful beaches of the South Asian country that it relies on for tourism revenue. At any given moment, 350 metric tonnes of oil could leak ship and in the Lakshadweep Sea, which is part of the Indian Ocean. Fisheries Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said last week that the 18.6-mile coastline between Colombo and Negombo was at risk. A commercial hub, Negombo is known for both its fisheries and beachside resorts.
The 25-man crew managed to escape from the burning ship, although two suffered leg injuries from an onboard explosion on 25 May. COVID-19, adding an extra layer of tension to the tragedy. He was transferred to a facility in a military hospital.
Sri Lankan authorities are investigating what caused the fire and are looking into criminal and civil consequences. at the back stop of the ship in Qatar and India, X-Press Feeders reported a leak of nitric acid from a container on the ship. “The advice given was that there was no immediate specialist facilities or expertise available to deal with the leaking unit,” the company claimed. according to CNN.
In addition to oil spills and hazardous chemicals, environmentalists are concerned about plastic pellets in containers that have already fallen into the ocean. Fish, birds and other sea creatures are often mistaken for micro pelletsFor food, also known as nerdles. Nerdles could extend far beyond the location of the burning ship.
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