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X-press Pearl fire could mean environmental disaster for Sri Lanka: NPR

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Smoke rises from the X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-registered container ship, on Wednesday. The ship carries 81 dangerous goods containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid, some of which have already leaked.

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Smoke rises from the X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-registered container ship, on Wednesday. The ship carries 81 dangerous goods containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid, some of which have already leaked.

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A cargo ship carrying chemicals and plastic pellets has been burning for nearly two weeks off the coast of Sri Lanka. Now, attempts to get the ship into deeper water have failed – and the boat is likely to sink.

The ship, the X-Press Pearl, was carry 1,486 containers. Of these, 81 were dangerous goods containers, which also contained 25 tonnes of nitric acid. At least one container has leaked nitric acid.

infrared footage It was learned over the weekend that the fire was mostly extinguished.

X-Press Feeder, Cargo Ship Company, said Wednesday that this “sorry[s] To report that despite successfully boarding the ship and attaching the tow wire, attempts to get the ship into deep water have been unsuccessful.” The company said the ship’s stern is now touching the bottom.

Members of the Sri Lankan Navy clear washed debris from the X-Press Pearl, which has been burning off Colombo since May 20.

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Members of the Sri Lankan Navy clear washed debris from the X-Press Pearl, which has been burning off Colombo since May 20.

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The refueling oil in the ship is another serious cause for concern. The vessel was carrying approximately 350 tonnes of fuel oil, and rescuers have made preparations for an oil spill.

Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Fisheries of Sri Lanka, said On Wednesday that if a leak occurs, booms and skimmers will be used around the vessel and at strategic locations, and sprays will be used to spread the oil layer.

Sri Lanka has temporarily banned fishing along 50 miles of its coast, where nitric acid has leaked into the water, and plastic pellets have washed ashore.

It is not clear how the fire started. But Darshani Lahandapura, chairman of the Marine Environmental Protection Authority of Sri Lanka, Told Environmental news site Mongabe said that “we believe this was due to a chemical reaction causing leakage of nitric acid.”

X-Press Feeders said that the cause of the fire and the reasons for its spread will be thoroughly investigated. All 25 crew members were evacuated last week.

The ship departed from Dubai and was on its way to Malaysia, and had stopped in Qatar and India.

Captured by Sri Lankan Air Force dramatic aerial video From a burning ship.

The Associated Press reports that Sri Lankan police are investigating the fire, and a Colombo court has banned the ship’s captain, engineer and assistant engineer from leaving the country. The government says that it will take legal action against the owners of the ship according to the wire service.

Charita Pattiyarchi, professor of oceanography at the University of Western Australia, says the event will have “extreme environmental impact”.

Patiyarachi says the ship’s dangerous goods contained 78 metric tons of plastic called nerdles – the raw material used to make almost all types of plastic products.

A dead fish lay on the shores of Sarakuva beach, amidst piles of plastic pellets, north of the capital Colombo on Tuesday.

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A dead fish lay on the shores of Sarakuva beach, amidst piles of plastic pellets, north of the capital Colombo on Tuesday.

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Endless piles of plastic pellets can already be seen on the shore.

“These have been released into the ocean and are found on beaches south of Colombo – as time goes on they will continue to move south as our model predictions show. They are found in Kelani, the lagoon (Negombo) and the river systems such as river systems. Port cities. They are carried by wind and currents – will surface to the coast and remain in the marine environment forever as they are not biodegradable,” Pattiyarchi wrote on his Facebook page.

Last week, the wreckage of Sri Lankans was washed away from the burning Singapore ship X-Press Pearl.

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Last week, the wreckage of Sri Lankans was washed away from the burning Singapore ship X-Press Pearl.

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This incident is also a time of crisis for the fishermen of the region.

“The ship has dealt a death blow to our lives,” said Joshua Anthony, head of a regional fishing association. told Reuters. “We can’t go to sea, which means we can’t earn a living.”

NPR correspondent Lauren Freire contributed to this report from Mumbai.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of knews.uk and knews.uk does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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