Pearl’s wreck to be removed after South West Monsoon season- after three months
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
The decision to postpone because of
monsoon rough sea
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.
caretaker services will continue to minimise pollution and monitor the wreck's
condition and report daily to experts ashore and Government agencies.
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.
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.
the feeder operator said that navigational warning lights and markers on the
wreck for the safety of other vessels are yet to be installed.
conditions allow, side-scan sonar will be used to locate any sunken containers
or debris in the anchorage for removal,” the caretakers said.