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Management of Mixed Hazardous Waste generated from the fire engulfed Ship MV X-press Pearl

On May 20, 2021, the Singapore-flagged Containership, ‘MV X-Press Pearl’ reported smoke from the cargo hold while at Colombo anchorage, 9.5 Nautical miles away from ports of Sri Lanka.
Considering the environmental impact due to this fire engulfed ship, a couple of emergency meetings were arranged on 21stand 22nd of May 2021 with all relevant stakeholders to discuss further action.
Furthermore, the Central Environmental Authority has issued guidelines to manage the mixed hazardous waste generated from the fire engulfed ship to Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) and other relevant parties who are involved in this cleaning and storing process.
To observe this beach cleaning and hazardous waste storing process Mr. Hemantha Jayasinghe, Director General, CEA, Mr. Ajith Weerasundara, Director, Hazardous Waste and  Chemical Management Unit and Officers of Laboratory Services participated in this field inspection recently (on 31.05.2021).
At the moment around 15 mixed waste Containers have been safely transported to N and Y marine services yard and they were stored under proper sealed condition. This process will be continued and currently the CEA officers actively engage in the monitoring of the entire process. Air quality of the affected area is also being monitored by the CEA officers.

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On May 20, 2021, the Singapore-flagged Containership, ‘MV X-Press Pearl’ reported smoke from the cargo hold while at Colombo anchorage, 9.5 Nautical miles away from ports of Sri Lanka.

Considering the environmental impact due to this fire engulfed ship, a couple of emergency meetings were arranged on 21stand 22nd of May 2021 with all relevant stakeholders to discuss further action.

Furthermore, the Central Environmental Authority has issued guidelines to manage the mixed hazardous waste generated from the fire engulfed ship to Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) and other relevant parties who are involved in this cleaning and storing process.

To observe this beach cleaning and hazardous waste storing process Mr. Hemantha Jayasinghe, Director General, CEA, Mr. Ajith Weerasundara, Director, Hazardous Waste and  Chemical Management Unit and Officers of Laboratory Services participated in this field inspection recently (on 31.05.2021).

At the moment around 15 mixed waste Containers have been safely transported to N and Y marine services yard and they were stored under proper sealed condition. This process will be continued and currently the CEA officers actively engage in the monitoring of the entire process. Air quality of the affected area is also being monitored by the CEA officers.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2021 05:28

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