A UN spokesman in Sri Lanka says the sinking ship has caused “significant damage” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem.
The UN spokesman in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital’s coast caused “significant damage to the planet” by releasing substances. dangerous in the ecosystem.
The Singapore-flagged MV X-Press Pearl sank Colombo on Thursday a month ago after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster.
The UN said it was coordinating international efforts and helping Sri Lanka assess the damage, make recovery efforts and prevent such disasters in the future.
“An environmental emergency of this nature causes significant damage to the planet from the release of hazardous substances into the ecosystem,” UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer-Hamdy said in a statement late Saturday. “This, in turn, threatens the lives and livelihoods of the population in coastal areas.”
A UN team of oil spills and chemical experts – supplied by the European Union – has been sent to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has already submitted an interim $ 40m claim to X-Press Feeders – the ship’s operating company – to cover part of the firefighting costs, which he exploded on May 20 when the ship was anchored about 9.5 nautical miles (18 kilometers) northwest of Colombo and waiting to enter the port.
Environmentalists have cited charges against the government and X-Press Feeders for allegedly failing to prevent the worst marine environmental disaster in Sri Lanka, while Sri Lankan police have launched a criminal investigation into the incident.
Last week, experts recovered the data logger from the building exploded by fire.
The Sri Lankan navy believes the fire was caused by its chemical charge, which included more than 22 tonnes of nitric acid and other chemicals, most of which were destroyed in the fire. But debris including burnt fiberglass and tons of plastic pellets have already polluted nearby beaches.
Tons of microplastic granules have flooded the famous beaches of the South Asian country in Negombo, a popular tourist destination, forcing a fishing ban and raising fears of ecological damage.
Local media reports said more than 50 turtles and eight dolphins have been found dead on the island since the ship caught fire on May 20th. he said he is still awaiting the latest autopsy reports.
A ship’s manifesto seen by The Associated Press said the ship was carrying just under 1,500 containers, with 81 of those being classified as “dangerous” goods.
The main concern was about 300 tons of bunker oil used as fuel for the ship. But officials said he could have burned at the stake.
Both the Sri Lankan authorities and the operator of the ship have stated so far that there is no sign of an oil spill.