Ship with 25 tons of chemicals sank off the coast of Sri Lanka after 12 days of fire

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Container ship MV X-Press Pearl with 25 tons of chemicals sank near the main port of Sri Lanka. This is reported by Euronews.


The ship sank one day after extinguishing a fire that had been burning for 12 days.

They tried to tow it into the deep sea to avoid coastal pollution.

The vessel was carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tons of nitric acid and other chemicals, which were loaded at the Indian port of Hazira.

As a precaution, the authorities imposed a fishing ban on approximately 80 km of the coast.

The Sri Lankan government has already announced the death of a large number of marine life, as well as the “colossal pollution” of water and beaches.

The fire broke out on 20 May while the ship was anchored about 18 km northwest of Colombo, waiting to enter the port.

  • On May 25, 2021, an explosion occurred on the ship, two people were injured. Rescuers evacuated the entire crew from the burning container ship. The police launched an investigation.
  • On June 1, a Colombo court banned the captain, engineer and his assistant from leaving the country. The government also said it would file a lawsuit against the ship’s owners to demand compensation.

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