Authorities in Sri Lanka have started clearing the debris of the ill-fate containership X-Press Pearl while they pursue compensation for the worst environmental disaster ever to hit the country’s coastlines.

The Sri Lankan government has reported that the process to clear debris and parts of the sunken ship has commenced and will be completed in a span of four months. Shanghai Salvage holds the wreck-removal contract.

Whilst the wreck may be removed the onshore clean up goes on and on with the products from the vessel contaminating nearly 100kms of beach with significant impact on fishing, tourism and local economic activity.

This update from the Sri Lankan Government gives a good overview of the current situation.

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