Oil from sinking ship spreading - DMC

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Oil leaking from the sinking ship off Panadura now detected some four to ten nautical miles off Galle Face (Colombo) and is spreading towards the sea off Negombo, the Disaster Management Ministry said.

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  • wiren Friday, 24 August 2012 06:36 AM

    Why on earth didn't govt make plans to tow this ship away from disaster instead of waiting for it to sink? Alas, morons govern us!

    SudhuPancha Friday, 24 August 2012 06:39 AM

    typical SL attitude. closing the stable door after the horse has bolted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Barnes Friday, 24 August 2012 02:27 PM

    Salvage hunters waiting to claim their bounty, thanks to lax authorities and cob webs in legal system

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 24 August 2012 06:55 AM

    As in most other man-made disasters, no one is responsible and there is no accountabilty. Country suffers while those in charge carry on merrily. Is this what you call the Miracle of Asia?

    Nero Friday, 24 August 2012 06:35 AM

    The environment agency said they were ready to clean up the spill of there is any. What will happen if we have a nuclear emergency?

    Game Over Friday, 24 August 2012 06:56 AM

    Exactly - Sad that we sat on this time bomb for 4 years without doing anything to prevent disaster

    ranjith Friday, 24 August 2012 06:38 AM

    Why the environmental authority was silent before sinking the ship. Where is Disaster Management Minister?

    Dayasiri Totta Baba Friday, 24 August 2012 06:52 AM

    Yes the thing is our legal operations carry out in very lazy manner Lawyers always looking for money they have no common sense. how much i can get is their motto.

    with them it is very difficult to solve this kind of effective problems

    Niluxhini Uyangoda Friday, 24 August 2012 07:24 AM

    Commercial High Court of Colombo has made an order to action this ship and take it to Trincomalee to unload the cargo and oil. This order has been made in April this year. But owner of the ship has taken a stay order from Court of Appeal to prevent the action.

    Just Another Citizen Friday, 24 August 2012 07:07 AM

    Such a sad state of affairs. The biodiversity is going to be ruined.

    Suny Friday, 24 August 2012 03:23 PM

    Ownewr might make a claim cost of the ship from GOSL as the vessel was in court's custody

    SL Saturday, 25 August 2012 07:32 AM

    SL is a special country, ministers are specialized in everthing!!

    hope they might have atleast seen something about the BP distaster last year.these bunch of idiots never learn a lesson.

    Dinesh Friday, 24 August 2012 08:12 AM

    Yes well said. They are the educated fools. At least allow the oil and the other hazards materials to be removed and let the ship sink so that insurance can be claimed. A sunken ship is good for marine life growth provided that there are no hazards materials.

    Nimal Friday, 24 August 2012 04:45 PM

    Why didn't the govt. towed this ship to a safe harbor in Galle or Trincomalee until the case is over. After all we have enough tug boats to tow this. Will this oil leak effect our tourist industry. Is government interested only in commission related businesses and for others just sleeping doing nothing. In this case for three years.

    Suny Friday, 24 August 2012 07:56 AM

    Why did the commercial high court wait till April to give an order? Canot blam the Appeal court.

    Director of Merchant Shipping said that he removed all the oil.

    T.R. Clerk Friday, 24 August 2012 08:06 AM

    Disaster Management Centre is not to report after disasters. They ought to prepare disaster management plans for probable disaster scenarios. DMC should have been acting in advance. They are not for post motems!

    JAY PATHBEY Friday, 24 August 2012 05:07 PM

    Remember dear readers the comment made by Sri Lanka's expert head of the MEPA.

    “There was some 350 tons of oil on the ship but most of it was removed and now there is less than 75 tons on board. A contingency plan is now underway to face whatever environmental impact even that little oil may cause once it begins to surface,” Jagath Gunasekera of the Marine Environment Protection Authority told Xinhua.

    This ...Jagath Gunasekara of The Marine Environment Protection Authority should answer for his idiotic comments. What does he know about the sea, waves, their effects on oil slicks and the damage they can cause for sea shore, property and marine life.

    In any other country he will go in for 20 years hard labor.
    In Sri Lanka he might even get promoted

    JP - Ex Mariner, USA

    Fazli Friday, 24 August 2012 08:21 AM

    The Oil Slick is dirty thing. Do something to save those precious water lives ! Otherwise it will be catastrophe

    Sri Lankan Friday, 24 August 2012 08:18 AM

    Blame the opposition.

    slboy Friday, 24 August 2012 08:46 AM

    just shows how inefficient our justice system is. now the environment has to suffer!

    Ranil Friday, 24 August 2012 08:33 AM

    thanks for the info. In that case, the owner should be held responsible for the damage this sinking has caused now!

    Shamini Friday, 24 August 2012 06:53 PM

    This is adequate for a peoples' action against the Central Environmental Authority, Disaster Management Authority and the relevant Ministries. They slept on the job and waited for the disaster happen. Now the Govt. will use the tax payers' money to clean up the mess...probably in millions. Were they so idiotic or were they waiting for a commission?

    anura Sunday, 26 August 2012 05:16 AM

    Our courts system is excellent. It's a lawyer.s and the judge's money making machine. A court case usually is life time earning potential for us. 5 years is a very short period in this system. Why did it sink so soon...,.?!. sob ,. Sob...-Lawyer

    SL Friday, 24 August 2012 10:02 AM

    these bunch of idiots shall be kicked out to the sea. these fellows were sleeping all the years till it sink in to the sea .
    I know it is useless to comment here but what else we can do.

    SL Friday, 24 August 2012 10:03 AM

    do not worry ,you'll die.ministers will fly to another country.

    SL Friday, 24 August 2012 10:05 AM

    he should bring here to clean the oil.shigh our country has no
    plan for anything. no future for us

    Imran Hussein Friday, 24 August 2012 11:04 AM

    If thats so, I wonder on what basis the CoA granted a stay order for a ticking time bomb. This is where we are totally deaf and dumb, Can this happen in US, Europe, Far east, Gulf states or even in India?

    Argee Saturday, 25 August 2012 02:36 AM

    Ask the courts and ask them to pay compensation for the disaster.SL never lern from their mistakes.

    Argee Saturday, 25 August 2012 02:47 AM

    Very true.Courts are responsible for its upkeep and any danger to the environment.

    Vipula Wijayaratne Friday, 24 August 2012 11:06 AM

    I think we knew this was going to happen, because some time back this was in the new, and our DMC was say if it happens we will clean it up couldn’t we have taken remedial action? was it due to legal aspect?

    Argee Saturday, 25 August 2012 02:59 AM

    It is the MPPA not any body else who is responsible.for any disaster at sea. See the IMO Logo " Safe ships- Cleaner Seas"if the ship is not safe you cannot have clean seas.

    Peace lover Friday, 24 August 2012 11:10 AM

    Do they know what is Disaster Management?????

    Sri Radharakshitha Friday, 24 August 2012 11:16 AM

    The Disaster Management Ministry and the environmental authorities must act immediately to contain the spread of oil across the ocean. They should tell the public what to do and seek international assistance in a timely manner if required.

    Nero Friday, 24 August 2012 11:56 AM

    A small correction there, we will die, unless you are also a minister.

    Paraya Friday, 24 August 2012 11:57 AM

    Another LTTE ship to pollute Sri Lankan waters

    Rhonda Taylor Friday, 24 August 2012 01:16 PM

    What a disgrace and shame!! This ticking time bomb was anchored for 3 long years, and now they cry out once it has sunk. Typical Sri Lankans. Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. I suppose those who were supposed to take precautionary measures were sleeping or were they trying to sell the fuel on the sly and their attempts failed???

    jayasri Friday, 24 August 2012 06:17 AM

    Oh! who the hell is responsible for the lives under the sea. Disaster!!

    Sri Lankan Friday, 24 August 2012 05:59 AM

    What action gov has taken?

    Zeki Friday, 24 August 2012 06:11 AM

    Illang Parippu.......

    Imran Hussein Friday, 24 August 2012 01:28 PM

    If the case was such I wonder on what ground the ciurt of appeal granted a stay order when there is a ticking time bomb. This is a deliberate enviornment disaster and its a crime, someone has to answer.
    Thank you Uyangoda for the info.

    Tharaka Chanaka Friday, 24 August 2012 06:06 AM

    A good example of how fast our courts of law operate in our country. Everyone seemed to have forgotten about this ship for 4 years.

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