Oil spill at Hambantota Port: Emergency response triggered – CEO

An oil spill was reported at the Hambantota Port on 11 July 2021, while a bunkering barge was refuelling a commercial vessel that had called at the port. A statement from the Hambantota Port said immediate action was initiated by the port as per the standard operating procedure and emergency response plan to contain and clean the pollutant, with booms laid to curb the spread.

“We immediately informed the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) and the Harbour Master as per our emergency response plan, and we hope to complete the ongoing cleaning operations within the next few days,” CEO of Hambantota International Port Services, Ravi Jayawickreme said.  

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