Sri Lanka readies for oil spill from cargo ship

Sri Lanka on Thursday (June 3) readied for the possibility of an oil spill.

It's after a cargo ship laden with chemicals sank off its western coast.

The Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl was carrying nitric acid, as well as other chemicals and cosmetics.

It was anchored off a port city when a fire erupted onboard on May 20th.

The craft began to sink early on Wednesday (June 2).

The ship's operators, said in a statement on Thursday there were still no signs of a fuel oil spill, and that much of the toxic cargo had been incinerated in the fire.

But photos from the country's coast guard showed a layer of green film blanketing the ocean surrounding the vessel.

Millions of plastic pellets have also reached surrounding beaches and fishing grounds, prompting the government to ban fishing along a 50-mile stretch.

The government says it will seek redress for the incident, while Singapore authorities have started their own investigation.

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