ECONOMYNEXT – Salvors had boarded X-Press Pearl, a 37,000 Dead Weight Tonne container ship anchored off Sri Lanka and are assessing the ship, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.
“Salvors have finally embarked on #MVXPressPearl after dousing the fire,” the embassy said in a twiter.com message.
“Assessments are being carried out.”
Pictures showed the twisted super structure and partially melted containers which are hanging over the side of the rapidly rusting vessel.
#OperationSagarAraksha2 reaches a milestone!! Salvors have finally embarked on #MVXPressPearl after dousing the fire. Assessments are being carried out. These pictures speak of the progress made by the teams from #India and #SriLanka. @IndiaCoastGuard @MFA_SriLanka pic.twitter.com/lV7r20o2gM
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) June 1, 2021
Indian Coast Guard vessels have been helping the Sri Lanka Navy and salvors hired by the ship’s operator Singapore based X-Press Feeders.
Tugs directed by the salvors and Indian and Sri Lankan vessels have been pouring water on the stricken ship to cool it after putting out the fire.
Sri Lankan authorities have also launched a probe on the incident.
X-Press Feeders said they are co-operating with the investigation.
It is not clear how the fire started, but the ship had asked assistance to re-work a leaking acid container stacked on deck, when a fire broke out in its hold. (Colombo/June01/2021)