Fears of environmental disaster as chemical-laden cargo ship sinks in Sri Lanka
Islam News – A fire-stricken cargo ship carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid and other chemicals. The ship has sunk off the coast of Sri Lanka, sparking fears of an environmental disaster.
Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl was anchored and waiting to enter the port in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, when a blaze broke out on 20 May.
Most of the vessel’s cargo was destroyed in the fire, with containers polluting surrounding waters and a long stretch of the island country’s beaches.
The navy was preparing to deal with an oil spill after the ship sank.
There are concerns hundreds of tonnes of oil from fuel tanks could leak into the sea, devastating nearby marine life.
Authorities have been tackling the fire for over two weeks and were towing the ship into deep water when it began sinking early on Wednesday, a day after the blaze was extinguished.
Source : Sky News