X-Press Pearl salvage work suspended due to weather

Salvage work on the wrecked containership X Press Pearl (IMO 9875343) has been suspended ahead of the imminent southwest monsoon season in Sri Lanka.

The Shanghai Salvage Company has successfully installed all the lifting slings and messenger wires in preparation for removing the wreck sections. They have now been demobilised, leaving a guard vessel at the site to monitor the situation during the monsoon months.

Engineering works ashore continued at full capacity, with assets being prepared for the lifting and recovery of the two wreck sections during the first quarter of 2023.

In the area between the beach-line and 10-metre water depth, the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) completed surveying an area of about 42 sq.km adjacent to the coastline north of Colombo.

A total of 41 targets were identified, and 36 have been investigated so far by the local divers, with MEPA officers observing that none was related to the X-Press Pearl.

On the beaches, cleaning works, and processing of some cargo debris continued. Efforts toward lifting the travel ban for the Russian Captain were also said to be continuing.