The wreck of the ill fated Singapore container ship off Colombo Port will be removed only after the end of the South west monsoon in September

2021-06-18 17:51:44 International Ports News

X-Press Pearl’s wreck to be removed after South West Monsoon season- after three months

The Singapore ship operator of the container vessel X Press Pearl which went up in flames last month has decided to remove the wrect of the vessel from the sea bed off Colombo port only after the end of South west monsoon in September this year

The decision to postpone because of monsoon rough sea

The decision to postpone the operations for removal of the ship wreck was taken in view of the rough conditions of the sea during the monsoon period.

“Due to the exposed nature of the anchorage to the prevailing South Westerly Monsoon, it is likely that the wreck removal can only start after the SW monsoon subsides; caretaker services will remain on site until then,” Singapore-based X-Press Feeders was quoted by Sri Lankan Media reports.

The caretaker services will continue to minimise pollution and monitor the wreck's condition and report daily to experts ashore and Government agencies.

Efforts are being undertaken to minimise pollution and monitor the wreck’s condition which is now wholly sitting on the seabed at a depth of 21 meters.

A grey sheen continues to be observed emanating from the vessel, and discolouration of the sea in and around the wreck remains. This has been apparent since the vessel's stern became submerged, and the remnants of the cargo in the 1486 containers that were onboard were exposed to seawater.

Representatives of ITOPF and Oil Spill Response are monitoring updates from the scene and are ready to deploy in case of any reported spill.

In addition, the feeder operator said that navigational warning lights and markers on the wreck for the safety of other vessels are yet to be installed.

“When conditions allow, side-scan sonar will be used to locate any sunken containers or debris in the anchorage for removal,” the caretakers said.

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