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04 June 2021

Oil spill in Sri Lanka

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Type of Event:Oil Spill
Location of Event:Sri Lanka
Date of Charter Activation:2021-06-04
Time of Charter Activation:16:50
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+09:00
Charter Requestor:ADRC on behalf of Disaster Management Center
Activation ID:715
Project Management:Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka

The X-Press Pearl, a container vessel from Singapore, has sunk off the coast of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities are now preparing for an expected oil spill.

The X-Press Pearl was at anchor at the port of Colombo, when a fire started aboard on 20 May. The crew were evacuated and the vessel was on fire for 13 days before it was extinguished. During this time, containers from the X-Press Pearl spilled into the ocean, washing up on beaches along Sri Lanka's western coast. Many of the containers were filled with plastic pellets used for producing shopping bags.

Attempts were made to tow the X-Press Pearl further away from the coast but it was confirmed on 4 June that the rear sectin of the vessel had sunk and settled on the seabed. Options to refloat the vessel and move it further away are being considered, but poor weather and rough conditions at sea are making assessments difficult.

The vessel contained approximately 350 tonnes of oil in total, which is expected to cause extensive damage to Sri Lanka's marine ecosystem if an oil spill occurs.

The Marine Environment Protection Authority is readying oil dispersants, booms, and skimmers in the event that an oil spill is detected.

 

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Possible Oil detected

Source: Worldview-2
Acquired: 13/06/2021

Category: Delineation Map

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Map produced by NOAA

Possible Oil detected

Source: CBERS-4
Acquired: 10/06/2021

Copyright: copyright (2021) INPE
Map produced by NOAA

Possible Oil detected

Source: RCM-2
Acquired: 10/06/2021

Copyright: RADARSAT Constellation Mission Imagery © Government of Canada (2021) - RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency
Map produced by NOAA

Possible Oil detected

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/06/2021

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2021), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by NOAA

Possible Oil detected

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 08/06/2021

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2021)
Map produced by NOAA

Possible Oil

Source: RCM-1
Acquired: 07/06/2021

Copyright: RADARSAT Constellation Mission Imagery © Government of Canada (2021) - RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency
Map produced by NOAA

Possible Oil - SAOCOM - June 5, 2021

Source: Saocom 1A
Acquired: Saocom 1A: 05/06/2021

Copyright: © CONAE (2021)

Possible oil detected from X-Press Pearl ship wreck

Source: ICEYE
Acquired: 04/06/2021

Copyright: © ICEYE (2021)
Map produced by NOAA

Location of the X-Press Pearl ship wreck

Source: Landsat 8
Acquired: 01/06/2021

Copyright: USGS/NASA Landsat Program
Map produced by Mitigation, Research and Development Division of Disaster Management Centre

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