X-Press Feeders, operators of the Singapore-registered container ship X-Press Pearl, through the vessel owner’s P&I insurers on Monday (12 July) said it has made initial compensation of US$3.6 million to the Sri Lankan government to help compensate those affected by the consequences of the fire and sinking of the vessel.
Discussions are ongoing on the payment of further claims and all legitimate claims will be considered.
“We continue to contribute to the cleanup and pollution mitigation efforts, having flown in additional oil spill response assets on a chartered flight from Malaysia in response to a request from the UN-EU team in Colombo,” it said.
“At the wreck site, caretaker salvors remain on a 24-hour watch to deal with any debris and report any form of a spill with drones deployed daily to help with the monitoring activities.”
Representatives of ITOPF and Oil Spill Response continue to monitor updates from the scene and are ready to respond immediately, if required.
“Our seafarers remain housed at a hotel in Colombo, awaiting permission to travel back to their anxious families and loved ones. Having endured the trauma and stress of the fire on board and an evacuation that caused injuries to their ranks, they have now been in lockdown for over six weeks.”
The company is working closely with Sri Lanka authorities through its local lawyers with regard to crew’s repatriation as soon as possible.
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