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Indian Navy’s INS Surveyor completes survey of MV X-Press Pearl, data handed over to Sri Lankan officials



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The Indian Navy has started the search for Singapore’s cargo ship MV X-Press Pearl, which sank last month off the coast of Sri Lanka. According to a leading news agency report, the Indian Navy’s Hydrographic Survey Ship INS Sarvek has successfully completed the survey operation around the MV X-Press Pearl site yesterday and handed over the survey data to the Sri Lankan authorities.

According to information released by the Ministry of Defense, the Indian Navy deployed the ship on June 25, equipped with state-of-the-art survey equipment, including side-scan sonar, at the request of the Sri Lankan government. The survey operation was carried out in the three search areas around the wreckage of the ship in coordination with the Sri Lankan Navy and Sri Lanka’s National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA).



The cargo ship MV X-Press Pearl sank off the coast of Sri Lanka last month after burning for 13 days. According to media reports, the ship was carrying 1,486 container loads including 25 tonnes of nitric acid and other chemicals from Qatar and Dubai. About 9 nautical miles from Colombo port, several containers fell on the ship due to bad weather and an explosion caused the ship to catch fire.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) had sent its ships ‘Vaibhav’ and ‘Vajra’ on the help of the Sri Lankan Navy to extinguish the fire of the cargo ship. AFFF solution and seawater were sprayed on the ship from both sides. Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne had expressed his gratitude to India for the support extended to douse the fire.

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