Sri Lankan authorities fear of ecological disaster as the MV X-Press Pearl, which was transporting chemicals, is sinking off the coast of the island.
Thirteen days ago this container ship caught fire. Since May 20, the Sri Lankan Navy and the Indian Coast Guard have been working around the clock to prevent a spill of chemicals as well as oil.
The MV X-Press Pearl, was carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tons of nitric acid, other chemicals and cosmetics, and 350 tons of oil.
Sri Lanka’s Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) has warned that the Singapore-registered vessel named MV X-Press Pearl could create an accidental oil spill. Intact beaches along a 30-kilometer stretch of coastline are expected to be affected.
At this time, all vessels are prohibited from sailing into the lagoon where the emergency vessel is located.