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Burnt debris has spread 150 km from X-Press Pearl off Sri Lanka

Burnt debris from the half-sunken container ship X-Press Pearl located approximately 10 kilometers offshore has polluted waters as far as 150 km away, says federation.

Photo: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP / AFP

Pollution in the form of burnt debris and "assorted container contents" have entered shores in bulk since the fire on board X-Press Pearl erupted on May 20. The International Tanker Owners' Pollution Federation (ITOPF) says in a statement published Wednesday this week that estimates show that the pollution has stretched 150 km from the vessel.

The ITOPF has two team members on site to provide technical advice "on the risk of oil pollution and loss of chemicals, plastics and other cargo from the container ship," according to the statement.

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