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SLPA controls chemical leak aboard ship at Colombo Port

The Chemical Leaked Container being re-worked at the dangerous cargo area of  the SAGT of the  Port of Colombo. SLPA Chairman Captain Nihal Keppetipola, Harbour Master Captain Nirmal Silva, SAGT CEO Romesh David, and   Lalith Witanachchi –  Hapag-Llloyd Lanka (Pvt.) Limited CEO were present.

The Chemical Leaked Container being re-worked at the dangerous cargo area of  the SAGT of the  Port of Colombo. SLPA Chairman Captain Nihal Keppetipola, Harbour Master Captain Nirmal Silva, SAGT CEO Romesh David, and   Lalith Witanachchi –  Hapag-Llloyd Lanka (Pvt.) Limited CEO were present.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has quelled a chemical leak successfully from a container on board the MV Seaspan Lahore at the Port of Colombo.

The vessel, which was sailing from the Indian Port of Mundra to Colombo carrying containers, detected a leak from a container of Nitric Acid in drums. This container was to be discharged at an African Port after Colombo.

The detection was done six hours after the vessel’s departure from Mundra. The Captain of the ship belonging to M/S Hapag-Lloyd, immediately notified the leak to the Local Agents, M/S Hapag-Lloyd Lanka (Pvt.) Limited, and the agents notified it to the Habour Master of the SLPA and the container terminal – SAGT.

Thereafter, a thorough study was made of the storage plan and the commodities in the adjacent containers on board the ship by the SLPA Chairman and the Habour Master. Then, it was decided to anchor the vessel and discharge and rework the barrels of Nitric Acid into a fresh container for onward carriage. There were 650 drums of Nitric Acid in the container.

“When I notified the decision to Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, he instructed me to carry on and I thank him very much for the confidence that he placed in me,” the Chairman said.

SLPA Chairman Captain Nihal Keppetipola said that had the reworking was delayed by one more day, there certainly would have been a fire on board. He said that the bottom of the container was already partially damaged.

He said that the SLPA has experienced officers to handle such situations and they carried out such tasks on several occasions in the past successfully.

“It is only possible if the local agent of the ship informs the SLPA well in advance the situation,” the SLPA Chairman said.

The reworking was completed successfully with the Port Fire Brigade and the SLPA Officials and crew, SAGT Officials, Officials of the Hapag-Lloyd Lanka (Pvt) Limited and the personnel from the Hamka Shipping.

Captain Nihal Keppetipola thanked SLPA Harbour Master Captain Nirmal Silva and his staff, SAGT CEO Romesh David, and Hapag-Llloyd Lanka (Pvt) Limited CEO Lalith Witanachchi., who contributed immensely in preventing a possible catastrophe.


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