The hull of the Singapore-flagged containership X-Press Pearl continues to remain fully intact with no bunker spill being detected while firefighting operations to extinguish the blaze aboard the vessel have further reduced the area affected by flames to small spot fires in the aft of the ship, says Singapore operator X-Press Feeders.
“Firefighting tugs will continue spraying and misting the vessel with support from the Sri Lankan Navy and Indian coastguard, who remain on scene,” it said on a Sunday (30 May) update.
“Salvors are also exploring the possibility of boarding the ship and making a tow connection so it can be moved.
“As of 1100 Hours on May 30, 2021, Sri Lankan time, the salvors have confirmed that the vessel’s hull remains structurally intact, and there has been no loss of oil into the port’s waters.
“Contractors continue working with local authorities on their fourth day of shoreline clean up efforts to dispose of any debris that has come ashore safely.”
The X-Press Pearl was carrying a total 348 metric tonnes (mt) of bunker fuel when it reported smoke from the cargo hold while at Colombo anchorage, Sri Lanka.
Its appointed salvors are working with the local authorities in consultation with ITOPF and have established an oil spill response plan in case of any loss of oil.
The 2021-built 36,150 dwt vessel is fully covered under internationally recognised P&I insurance and Hull and Machinery insurance.
Photo credit: Sri Lanka Air Force – SLAF Media
Published: 31 May, 2021
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