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Fire on X-Press Pearl ship; Navy, SLAF assists dousing of fire

Images by: Sri Lanka Navy
The fire that broke out in the forecastle area of the MV X-PRESS PEARL, a container ship anchored 9.5 nautical miles northwest of the Port of Colombo, has now extended to the quarterdeck where the bridge is stationed. Further, it is observed that the containers and various parts that are falling overboard the distressed ship wash ashore.  
As such, the Sri Lanka Navy along with Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) is paying special attention on debris wash ashore from the fire stricken ship and has launched a special security arrangement with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to investigate the impact on the coastal environment and educate the general public in coastal areas from Dickowita to Chilaw which are likely to gather more debris from the distressed ship. Similarly, the same arrangement is in place covering the coastline from Wellawatte to Panadura.

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Containers washed ashore off Negombo
A partly burned container washed ashore at Thalahena beach in Negombo today and it is believed to be a container that fell overboard the fire-hit vessel. It is possible that containers and other debris falling from the distressed ship from time to time, to reach the coast along Dikovita to Chilaw as revealed by model of current weather pattern. Therefore, the general public and fishing community are cautioned not to get in touch with such elements as they could carry harmful chemicals.


In the meantime, Sri Lanka Naval Ship Sindurala as well as Indian Coast Guard Maritime Pollution Control Ships ‘Vajra’ and ‘Vaibhav’ have been deployed on the site where MV X-PRESS PEARL is lying.
The Sri Lanka Air Force said, that despite dropping dry chemical powder on the fire-stricken ‘X-Press Pearl’ off Colombo Harbour, the fire and smoke continues to rage from the vessel. Bell 212 helicopters of the Air Force had discharged 425kg of dry chemical powder this morning (May 26) to douse the violent cargo ship fire.
Crew Member tests positive for COVID
a crew member of the 'X-Press Pearl’ container ship has tested positive for COVID-19. He is one of the two Indian crew members, who sustained injuries during their attempt to evacuate the ship.
The distressed container ship was manned by a crew of 25, who are Philippine, Chinese, Indian and Russian nationals.