Navy spokesperson Indika Silva said that firefighters are trying to control the fire around the engine room and prevent an oil spill, as the vessel has nearly 300 tonnes of fuel in its tank.
The fire, which broke out on May 20 on the MV X-Press Pearl, was beyond control and spreading inside the vessel anchored 10 nautical miles off the main Colombo port, reports DPA news agency.
X-Press Feeders of Singapore, the ship's operator, confirmed they knew about the acid leak, but said attempts to leave the leaking container in India and Qatar had failed.
Sri Lankan authorities fear a possible oil spill from a Singaporean container ship on fire off the country’s western coast as the upper deck of the vessel was completely destroyed and the fire which broke out on May 20 on the MV X-Press Pearl, was beyond control and spreading inside the vessel anchored 10 nautical miles off the main Colombo port, reports DPA news agency.
Ms. Lahandapura was quoted as saying,
"Our best option is to clean the beach, and we suspect any clearing operation will take a few weeks, if not months. "
On Tuesday, the Sri Lanka Navy reported it had rescued 25 crew members from the cargo ship which included two Indians who got injured, had been hospitalized for treatment, according to the Navy. The distressed container ship had a crew including Philippine, Chinese, Indian, and Russian nationals.