Another discussion regarding the compensation for the damage from MV -X Press Pearl disaster

* Another discussion regarding the compensation for the damage from MV -X Press Pearl disaster

Tue, Nov 16, 2021, 01:32 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Justice Ali Sabry Monday chaired another discussion on obtaining compensation covering all sectors regarding the impact and damage caused to Sri Lanka by the fire on the MV -X Press Pearl and to review the progress of the measures taken so far by the Committees and Institutions appointed in this regard.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of Justice Monday (15 November) with the participation of Attorney General Sanjaya Rajaratnam, PC, and public officials of the relevant institutions.

Discussions were held on the measures to be taken to prevent an oil spill from the submerged MV-X Press Pearl and the Minister of Justice directed the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Sri Lanka Navy, Ports Authority, NARA and Merchant Shipping Secretariat to remain vigilant constantly in this regard.

In particular, it is important that there is a good coordination between the Marine Environment Protection Authority, the Sri Lanka Navy, the Ports Authority, NARA and the Merchant Shipping Secretariat in this regard, the Minister noted. He further said the institutions should hold regular discussions in this regard and make the public aware of the action taken by the government so far in response to the damage caused by the ship.

The Minister emphasized the importance of apprising the fishing community on the steps taken on their behalf as well as the measures being taken to compensate for the damage caused by the fire.

It was discussed at this meeting that compensation has already been paid to the fishermen who lost their livelihood due to the fire on the ship and that steps are being taken to obtain full compensation for the damage.

Attorney General Sanjaya Rajaratnam commented on the legal action taken so far and the officials representing the Marine Environment Protection Authority, the Sri Lanka Navy, the Merchant Shipping Secretariat, NARA and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority spoke on the steps taken by their respective institutions.

Secretary to the Ministry of Justice M. P. K. Mr. Mayadunne, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping UGD Jayalal, Chairman of the Ports Authority Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Authority Attorney-at-Law Dharshani Lahadapura and other government officials were present at the discussion.

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