‘We weren’t informed about onboard fire when X-Press Pearl reached SL; – Minister

‘We weren’t informed about onboard fire when X-Press Pearl reached SL; – Minister

‘We weren’t informed about onboard fire when X-Press Pearl reached SL; – Minister

Written by Zulfick Farzan

27 May, 2021 | 1:23 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); 12 freight containers aboard the blazing MV X-Press Pearl were destined to the Colombo Harbour, revealed Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal, and Community Cleanliness on Thursday (27).

Speaking to News 1st, the State Minister said the ill-fated ship was on a legal route to Singapore passing Colombo and recent gale winds attributed to the fire.

He said gale wind and the weather did not permit authorities to contain the fire in time.

“Do not be deceived by comments made on social media,” said the State Minister said referring to the Splash247 reports which claimed the MV X-Press Pearl was refused to enter the ports in India and Qatar.

The State Minister said Sri Lanka was not informed by anyone about any fire aboard this vessel and the matter needs to be investigated.

The owners of the vessel should be held responsible and Sri Lanka is already working on the legalities on securing an insurance claim over the incident, the State Minister told News 1st.

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