Charred remains of the X-Press Pearl sinking off Colombo

With white smoke still billowing from its foredeck, the 2,700 teu X-Press Pearl, not yet four months old, started to sink today in waters off Sri Lanka’s west coast.

Firefighting continues on ravaged X-Press Pearl

The ship, carrying 25 tons of nitric acid among 1,486 containers it was taking from the Middle East to Singapore, first alerted Colombo Port to a fire onboard last Thursday.

Fire erupts on boxship carrying 25 tons of nitric acid off Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities were able to board the ship last night and they have suggested the fire started from a reaction to the chemicals being transported on the boxship.