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.

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A fire erupted on the 2,743 teu X-Press Pearl yesterday afternoon off Colombo.

The ship, which was carrying around 25 tons of nitric acid among is cargoes, radioed for help and the Sri Lankan navy dispatched a number of vessels to douse the severe blaze at an anchorage 9.5 nautical miles from Colombo port.

Owners X-Press Feeders had only taken delivery of this ship in February this year.

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.

There have been no reports of injuries. Naval vessels remain in close proximity, dousing the ship.

ship detail:

IMO: 9875343

Name: X PRESS PEARL

Vessel Type - Generic: Cargo

Vessel Type - Detailed: Container Ship

Status: Being built

MMSI: 563118200

Flag: Singapore [SG]

Gross Tonnage: 30911

Summer DWT: 37000 t

Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 186 x 34 m

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