Written by Keshala Dias
06 Apr, 2017 | 4:17 pm
The Marine Environment Protection Authority has commenced investigations to determine if there is a possible oil spill in Sri Lankan waters when the Panama flagged MSC Daniela caught fire on Wednesday April 05.
General Manager of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Dr. Turney Pradeep Kumara said, a special team has been deployed to inspect the location where the blaze erupted.
Dr. Pradeep Kumara said if toxic materials had contaminated Sri Lankan waters, immediate measures would be taken to clean the spill.
The General Manager said they had received information that chemicals stored in containers aboard the ship had leaked.
The blaze that erupted aboard the vessel MSC Daniela which was sailing from Singapore to Egypt, was doused on the evening of April 05, in a joint operation by the Sri Lankan and Indian Navies.
The Navy said, the dousing of the blaze took place around 13 nautical miles away from Sri Lanka’s coast, after they learnt that toxic materials were being carried aboard the vessel.
A Bell 212 helicopter belonging to the Sri Lankan Air Force also assisted in dousing the flames.
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