Tons of plastic waste come from Burning container ship A senior environmental official told Sri Lanka that this is the worst beach pollution crisis to date and it is washing ashore in Sri Lanka. Agence France-Presse on Saturday.
As the international firefighting operation continues to extinguish the flames on the MV X-Press Pearl, thousands of military and security personnel wearing dangerous goods suits have been searching for debris on the coast near the port of Colombo. This Singapore-registered container ship exploded on board while waiting to enter the port and caught fire on May 20. Officials said the company’s cargo included 25 tons of nitric acid, 278 tons of marine oil, and at least 28 containers of polyethylene pellets, a raw material used in the packaging industry.
In a statement to AFP, Navy spokesman Captain Indica de Silva said: “Smog and intermittent flames were seen on the ship.” “However, the ship is stable and still at anchor. .”
However, what is even more worrying is that millions of particles are washed ashore from the cargo falling on the ship. Bulldozers have been deployed to assist in the cleanup work. For safety reasons, fishermen are temporarily prohibited from extending about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the shore near the boat. For safety reasons, the authorities fear that thousands of jobs in the industry are at risk. The affected coastline also has several tourist beaches, making the threat of oil spills even more serious. Agence France-Presse reported that experts are still assessing the impact on mangroves, lagoons and local marine wildlife species.
“This may be the worst beach pollution in our history,” Dharshani Lahandapura, director of the Sri Lanka Marine Environment and Protection Agency, said in a statement to the store.
According to Agence France-Presse, the authorities now suspect that the explosion was caused by a leak of nitric acid on the plane, which the crew has known since May 11. The rescue operation evacuated all crew members, Reuters Reported earlier this week.