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Cargo Ship with Chemicals and Nitric acid burns and sinks off SriLanka’s West Coast.

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A cargo ship loaded with tons of chemicals on board sunk off in the west coast of Sri-Lanka. Following the event, tones of plastic pellets fouled the country’s major fishing waters. The event has been considered to be one of the worst marine disaster of the country.

Fishing activities along a 50-mile long coastline has been checked by the Government on Wednesday. This scenario affected 5,600 fishing boats. Soldiers in hundreds of numbers have been deployed to clean the affected beaches.   

MVX-Press Pearl, the Singapore Registered ship which was carrying 1,486 containers including 25 tons of nitric acid, several other cosmetics and chemicals, had anchored off the Country’s west coast when an explosion on 20 May put the ship under fire.

The ship burnt for almost two weeks continuously exhuming cloud of smoke as it burnt down.

A salvage crew tried to tow the burnt wreckage to deeper water away from the coast as the wreckage began to sink early on Wednesday. 

On 15th of May, the Ship had departed from Hazira in India moving towards to Singapore by way of Columbo.

References:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/02/cargo-ship-carrying-tonnes-of-chemicals-sinks-off-sri-lanka
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