ECONOMYNEXT – China’s Shanghai Salvage Company has been hired to remove Express Pearl, container vessel which caught fire and sank of Colombo port spewing chemicals and plastic nurdles.
“SSC have established a project team for the salvage operation and have already mobilized the equipment necessary for the wreck removal,” Express Feeders, the owners said.
“The wreck removal plan will ensure a complete removal and safe, proper disposal of the wreck and any debris and pollutants around the wreck.
“The wreck removal team will be supported by response tugs on a 24-hour watch to deal with debris or forms of pollutants.”
There will be regulator sampling representatives of ITOPF and Oil Spill Response, the firm said.
Xpress-Feeders said Resolve Marine, a firm appointed in June as caretaker by owners and insurance companies, for the wreck has started to recovery of the containers and debris that were lost overboard during the vessel fire and subsequent sinking.
“The debris has been identified through side-scan sonar operations, undertaken during July and August, and its recovery and safe disposal is expected to be completed in due course.”
Sri Lanka has submitted a second insurance claim to the P & I Club and discussions are ongoing, the firm said. (Colombo/Dec08/2021)