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Central Environment Authority investigating into ship carrying toxic wastes from US: Minister

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Parliament, April 2 (Daily Mirror)- The Central Environment Authority (CEA) has launched a comprehensive investigation into the incident where a Singapore cargo ship was carrying hazardous materials to Sri Lanka from the US, State Minister of Environment Janaka Wakkumbura said today.

He told Parliament that the CEA was unaware that the cargo ship carrying hazardous materials was heading to Sri Lanka.

The Minister said this while responding to a question raised by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, who asked the government's reaction to the media reports on the Singapore cargo ship Dali chartered by Maersk, which crashed onto the Baltimore, US bridge on March 26, carrying 764 tons of hazardous materials.

The Opposition Leader said a proper investigation should be conducted as to how such a cargo ship carrying hazardous materials was heading to Sri Lanka without the knowledge of the country.

"We would not have known of the hazardous material in the cargo ship unless it encountered an accident. A proper investigation should be conducted as to how such a ship was heading to Sri Lanka in such a manner," he said.

Minister Wakkumbura admitted the fact that Sri Lanka would not have known of the hazardous material in the cargo ship if not for the accident encountered by the ship.

He said Sri Lanka Customs and the Colombo Port have been informed of cargo ship and assured to provide a report to the House of the incident.


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  • possible Tuesday, 02 April 2024 10:57 AM

    Casino Jonny .......

    don Tuesday, 02 April 2024 11:12 AM

    How is SL going to carryout investigations on a ship that is sunk in Baltimore. You couldn't carryout a proper investigation on Pearl sunk in our own waters

    Sanath Tuesday, 02 April 2024 11:12 AM

    If it had sunk in SL waters someone would have become richer

    Rip Winkle Tuesday, 02 April 2024 11:35 AM

    Oh, this comprehensive investigation will suddenly come to an abrupt end just like all the other comprehensive investigations conducted in the past. No worries.

    Nimal Tuesday, 02 April 2024 12:29 PM

    God save us all!

    Mahila Wednesday, 03 April 2024 07:20 AM

    and Silvas!!?? May they be Blessed by the Triple Gem

    senaka Tuesday, 02 April 2024 01:09 PM

    create some stupid commision/ comity as usual with no result why because we are powerless, even we find out something US embassy will make a trip offer some donations and shut the case close, same goes with Singapore as well, we have no power and no say due to being in debt to all nations, what do you expect this stupidities outcome to be?

    Gamaya Tuesday, 02 April 2024 01:19 PM

    Colombo is a transshipment hub for cargo and need not be the final destination

    Jaffna citizen Tuesday, 02 April 2024 02:47 PM

    What a joke. and show how the country is run with right hand not knowing what left is doing. But they all know how to rob the country even at the cost of causing terminal illnesses to its people.

    Ram Tuesday, 02 April 2024 03:30 PM

    The issue will be swept under the carpet by the CEA to give protection to the politicians involved. If not for the collision with the bridge we would not have known the details

    Moh Sleiman Wednesday, 03 April 2024 06:30 AM

    My Poor Silly people of SI LANKA,Thank GOD that ship Crashed in USA,Otherwise You Srilankans would have a POISUNUOS DEATH,and RANIL and RAJAPAKSHAS would have the last laugh before the ELECTION,Like what happened with EASTER SUNDAY disaster.So please dont be fooled anymore RANIL N RAJAPAKSHAS will do whatever it takes to be in POWER and POSTPONE the Election.

    Sambo Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:19 AM

    Sri Lanka is a wonderful country. Until a ship comes to to it's door step no one knows that there are cargo to be dispatched and what is in it.


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