The Sri Lankan air force continued to battle a fire aboard a Singapore-registered carrier, Sunday, May 30, in one of the country’s worst ever marine ecological disasters.
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Thick black smoke rose from the Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl, anchored just outside Colombo harbor, heightening fears that it could break up spilling its 278 tons of bunker oil.
Navy personnel in hazmat suits were sent to clean millions of plastic granules mixed with burned oil and other residue that covered Negombo beach, 40 kilometers north of the capital.
The plastic-covered beach, normally a draw for tourists and known as a fishing center, was declared off limits. The smoking container ship could be seen on the horizon.