Rumassala barge in custody of Merchant Shipping Secretariat | Daily News


Rumassala barge in custody of Merchant Shipping Secretariat

The general cargo vessel Sri Lanka Glory which ran aground the Rumassala beach after strong winds lashed over Galle, is now in the custody of the Director General of Merchant Shipping Secretariat, officials of the ship owning firm told the media.

A decision over the barge would be taken on the recommendations of the respective insurance company, they said.

The ship which had been anchored at the Galle outer harbour after dispatching clinker to the Ruhuna cement plant was broken off from its anchor by strong winds and drifted towards the Rumassala hillock in Unawatuna on July 18.

Subsequently it hit the reef at the foot of the hillock. The nine sailors on board the wrecked barge were rescued by Sri Lanka Navy.

Later, about 22 tons of oil in the ship were pumped ashore by a private firm, which transported it to a refinery in Puttalam under the supervision of the Marine Environment Protection Authority to prevent marine pollution.

As the ship has been trapped in the reef for well over a month, it cannot be moved. The Marine Environment Protection Authority has prohibited anyone from attempting to approach or get on board the ship. 

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