Data Recovered From Fire-Stricken Ship Sinking Off Sri Lanka.

Data Recovered From Fire-Stricken Ship Sinking Off Sri Lanka

Smoke rises from a fire onboard the MV X-Press Pearl vessel as it sinks. (File)

Colombo:

Marine experts in Sri Lanka recovered the data recorder of the Singapore-flagged fire-stricken cargo ship sinking slowly off the country's capital, officials have said as authorities appointed a panel to look into the impact of the incident on the marine environment.

There were no signs of oil or chemical spills have detected so far, Sri Lanka Ports Authority said in a statement on Saturday.

Sri Lankan Navy, Indian Coast Guard, salvos and local authorities capable of responding to any signs of oil pollution or debris are presently on the scene and are keenly monitoring the situation around the clock, the statement said.

Experts from the Merchant Shipping Secretariat with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy on Saturday recovered the Voyage Data Recorder or VDR commonly known as the "Ship's Black Box" of MV X-Press Pearl.

The cargo vessel, carrying a consignment of chemicals and raw materials for cosmetics from Hazira in Gujarat caught fire on May 20 in Sri Lankan waters outside the port of Colombo.

All 25 crew members of the ship -- of Indian, Chinese, Filipino and Russian nationality -- were rescued on May 21.

The recovered VDR is now been handed over to the local law enforcement agencies to assist ongoing investigations.

VDR is an instrument safely installed on a ship to continuously record vital information related to the operation of a vessel. VDR data on a ship can be used as vital information during an accident investigation.

A team of 14 experts from the Government Analyst's Department has been appointed to look into the impact of the fire aboard the ship on the marine environment. They will collect seawater samples to assess the impact.

Meanwhile, the aft or stern portion of the distressed ship is remaining on the seabed at a depth of about 21 meters, and the forward section continues to settle down slowly, the statement said.

An initial inspection has been carried out by divers to assess the condition of the hull.

Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has so far recorded statements from about 20 crew members and officials on the incident.

The has taken custody of the vessel's VDR.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on Thursday started its own investigation into the massive fire on the chemical-laden cargo vessel, sailing under the country's flag.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Growing Concern Over Covid Delta Variant

Growing Concern Over Covid Delta Variant

There is growing concern over the Covid delta variant, which is contributing to a rise in infections in eight states. Experts believe it will become the dominant strain in the U.S. As it spreads, several regions and communities remain unvaccinated...

Supreme Court rules against NCAA, backs student-athletes.

Supreme Court rules against NCAA, backs student-athletes.

The unanimous decision said that the cap on education-related gifts and benefits that schools may provide student-athletes violated federal antitrust laws and must be lifted.

Biden expected to fall short on COVID-19 vaccine sharing goal.

Biden expected to fall short on COVID-19 vaccine sharing goal.

President Joe Biden said the U.S. would ship 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June. Expected to fall short, officials announced a new global shot-sharing plan on Monday.

8 hospitalized after tornado hits Chicago suburbs

8 hospitalized after tornado hits Chicago suburbs

An EF-3 tornado in DuPage Co., Illinois, damaged more than 130 homes Sunday night. The Northeast is bracing for severe weather early this week.

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - June 21st, 2021.

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - June 21st, 2021.

Southeast hit by Tropical Storm Claudette, growing concern over Covid delta variant and Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling against NCAA. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). » Subsc...

Democrat lawmaker caught without pants on congressional zoom call.

Democrat lawmaker caught without pants on congressional zoom call.

Fox News hosts Will Cain and Pete Hegseth react 'shocking' moment during House meeting. #FoxNews #FoxNewsPrimetime Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing ...