Foreign ship to be moved to Trincomalee
The foreign ship anchored for the past three years off the coast of
Panadura pending the outcome of a court case, is to be moved to
Trincomalee with immediate effect after making the urgent and essential
renovation work to prevent it sinking.
Accordingly, the urgent renovation work of the ship is being carried
out and it will be moved from Panadura today or tomorrow. The ship has
been handed over to a private company called Master Drivers to move it
to a safer place during the south west monsoon.
The ship will be anchored in Trincomalee where rough sea is not
experienced during the monsoon.
Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa had asked to take
urgent precautions to prevent a possible marine environmental pollution
from this ship, adding that if the ship is subjected to any disaster,
the harm on marine life would be immeasurable. As reported, the weight
of the items in the ship is 15,612 tons. In addition, there is about 370
metric tons of furnace oil in the ship.
The Marine Environment Protection Authority will decide on future
measures with regard to the ship and the furnace oil and cargo inside
the ship. This ship is 155 metres in length and 127 metres in width. It
was manufactured in 1985.
This ship named Thermopylae Sierra, belongs to the Cyprus government.