European firefighters and salvage specialists have joined Sri Lankan crews battling a seven-day fireplace on board a container ship carrying chemical compounds, officers mentioned Thursday.
The fireplace on board the MV X-Press Pearl, which is anchored off Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, has unfold to the quarterdeck the place the ship’s bridge is positioned, and numerous containers have tumbled into the ocean.
X-Press Feeders, which operates the ship, mentioned firefighters and salvage specialists flown in from Europe have been working with native authorities to attempt to save the vessel and its cargo regardless of the antagonistic climate as a result of onset of southwest monsoons.
The 25 crew members evacuated the ship on Tuesday after an explosion.
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Two of the crew sustained leg accidents and so they stay in a hospital, the corporate mentioned, including that the others have been in a quarantine facility in Colombo.
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On Thursday, Sri Lanka navy spokesman Indika de Silva mentioned the efforts to douse the blaze have been persevering with. 4 tug boats and three Sri Lankan and Indian vessels have joined the operation.
The fireplace erupted Might 20 when the ship was anchored about 9.5 nautical miles (18 kilometers) northwest of Colombo and ready to enter its port.
The Sri Lanka navy believes the hearth was attributable to chemical compounds being transported on the Singapore-flagged ship. It was carrying 1,486 containers, together with 25 tons of nitric acid and different chemical compounds that have been loaded on the port of Hazira, India, on Might 15.
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