Explosion worsens fire aboard newly built container ship

A days-long fire aboard container ship X-Press Pearl now appears to be out of control after an explosion happened Tuesday. The carrier was otherwise ready to start a salvage operation Monday. Sri Lankan authorities fear a tier II oil spill, according to Bloomberg. Updated.

Skibet X-Press Pearl | Photo: Sri Lanka Air Force

A violent fire raging aboard a newly built container ship, X-Press Pearl, situated off the coast of Sri Lanka, took a dramatic turn of events Tuesday, when an explosion hit the vessel.

The fire started May 20 in a container on the deck of the vessel and looked to be under control during the weekend.

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