X-Press Pearl

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X-Press Pearl was a Singaporean Super Eco 2700 [en]-class container ship. The ship was built in 2021 and was around 186 metres (610 ft 3 in) long.[1] It was operated by X-Press Feeders.

On 20 May 2021, X-Press Pearl caught fire off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.[2] After burning for two weeks, the ship sank on 2 June as it was being towed away to deeper waters.[3][4] The incident was the worst marine ecological disaster in Sri Lankan history as it spilled nitric acid and oil into the Indian Ocean.[5][6]

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  1. "X PRESS PEARL (Container Ship) Registered in Singapore – Vessel details, Current position and Voyage information – IMO 9875343, MMSI 563118200, Call Sign 9V6962". www.marinetraffic.com. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  2. Force, Source: Sri Lanka Air (31 May 2021). "Sri Lanka faces environmental disaster as cargo ship burns for days – video". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  3. "Disaster feared as fire-hit cargo ship sinks off Sri Lanka coast". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  4. "Chemical cargo ship sinks in one of Sri Lanka's worst-ever marine disasters". France 24. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  5. ""Worst Marine Ecological Disaster": Sri Lanka On Cargo Ship Fire". NDTV.com. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  6. "Sri Lanka faces disaster as burning ship spills chemicals on beaches". the Guardian. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.