Sri Lanka’s leading environmental agency has warned that due to the release of nitrogen dioxide from the Singapore flag freighter that caught fire near Colombo beach last week, there is a high chance of acid rain and has warned that people should be vigilant in case of such severe weather.
The freighter-MV’X-PRESS PEARL’-carried a batch of chemicals and cosmetic raw materials from Hazira in Gujarat to the port of Colombo. It caught fire 9.5 nautical miles off the coast of Colombo on May 20 and docked in Colombo port on May 20.
In addition to the 325 metric tons of fuel in the’s tank, the MV X-Press Pearl also contains 1,486 containers, approximately 25 tons of harmful nitric acid.
“We have observed that MV X-PRESS PEARL emits a large amount of nitrogen dioxide. With the release of nitrogen dioxide during the rainy season, there might be a solid chance for acid rain,” said Dharshani Lahandapura, Chairman of the Marine Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA)
“The official also said that coastal areas should practice caution and to ensure that no one is exposed to this rain. MEPA said that the fire had been controlled. The authorities are taking all appropriate measures to carry out beach cleanup procedures as soon as possible and avoid the pollution risk caused by cargo ship fire.
According to the report, the High Commission said that the container that fell from the ship was identified. A threat assessment on the safety of navigation was carried out and shared with the relevant authorities in Sri Lanka. At the same time, naval commander Nishantha Ulugetenne said on Friday that the ship is not expected to break into half and is now basically stable.
On Tuesday, the ship’s 25 crew members (Indian, Chinese, Filipino and Russian nationals) were rescued after the “fire alarm” warning was issued.