Sri Lankan authorities said over the weekend that they will seek damages in the amount of $ 40 million from the operator X-Press Pearl. Recall that last month the ship caught fire and sank off the west coast of the island, which led to one of the worst environmental disasters in the country. Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said that an interim claim had been filed with the company.
“In addition to this, we will also seek reimbursement of the costs of extinguishing the fire,” added Abeygunawardena, noting that the full environmental damage is still being assessed.
A burning ship off the coast of Sri Lanka was denied access to ports in India and Qatar when the crew reported a leak and a fire. There were about 25 tons of acid on board from 1486 containers.
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