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No hazardous chemicals in Liberian vessel that called on Colombo Port: official

ECONOMYNEXT – Thalassa Patris, a Liberia flagged container ship that was reported to have berthed at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Harbor due a leak in a container set off again on Monday (04) after dispatching the damaged container at the harbor, an official said.

The vessel, which had set sail on September 30 to to Suez Canal from Singapore, berthed at Colombo Harbor on October 02 after a container aboard the ship was reported to have leaked.

A harbour official told EconomyNext that there were no hazardous chemicals to speak of but a container which carried sodium chloride used in detergents had resulted in a leak three-days before the ship arrived at Colombo harbour.

Within an hour and half, the container had discharged the damaged container at the Colombo port and proceeded on her voyage.

Officials said the vessel is a frequent caller at Colombo, but this time it was on its way to Europe.

The crew aboard the vessel had also updated Sri Lankan harbour officials on the situation before they reached Colombo.

The official said this is a regular occurrence and happens frequently often in monsoon seasons.

However, there has beena rise in damaged containers in the recent past which the industry has attributed to a global container shortage.

The official said he believes transport companies could be using substandard containers due to this global shortage. Another reason for the apparent increase in cases lately, he said, could be what he called the unprofessional stacking of containers. (Colombo/Oct05/2021)

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