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Sri Lanka faces ‘worst-ever beach pollution’ from burning ship

Millions of plastic pellets from a container ship ablaze off Colombo have already washed up on beaches, along with other hazardous waste. The disaster threatens the lucrative fishing and tourism sectors.

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29 Mar 2021
The massive container ship blocking the Suez Canal for almost a week has been turned 80 percent in the right direction, officials said Monday, raising hopes the vital trade route could soon be clear. But its owner said that while the giant ship "has turned", it was still not yet afloat. The MV Ever Given, longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the canal since Tuesday, strangling world supply chains and costing the global economy billions.
8 Apr 2021
Dramatic footage shows a crew member of a Dutch cargo ship throwing himself into the sea after the ship began listing heavily and was too dangerous to stay aboard. Norwegian emergency services rescued the 12 crew members of the "Eemslift Hendrika", with some being airlifted to safety and others having to jump into the water. The vessel which was carrying several mid-sized boats between Bremerhaven in Germany and the port of Kolvereid ran into difficulty in the Norwegian Sea and there are now fears that it could capsize.
12 Apr 2021
Reports of an "explosion" on an Iranian cargo ship in busy waters off the Yemeni coast have been confirmed. The ship is suspected of functioning as a military base for the Revolutionary Guard.
9 Apr 2021
The Eemslift Hendrika was adrift off the coast of Norway, and had the potential to dump hundreds of tons of oil into the sea.
7 May 2021
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa, has described the visit of the Portugal Naval Ship (PNS) SETUBAL as aimed at increasing maritime security in the region.
12 May 2021
The US navy has used gunfire to chase off Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf for the second time in a few weeks. It took two rounds of fire before the boats turned back.
18 May 2021
Images from the Chicago Fire Department show the moment a desperate cat leap from the 5th floor of a burning multi-story apartment building in Chicago on Thursday afternoon. The black cat appears through the thick smoke at a broken window and pauses for a second before taking the plunge. Onlookers gasp as the cat falls gracefully through the air before landing on his feet with a bounce on the grass.
21 May 2021
The Sea-Eye 4, one of the ships operated by the German non-profit Sea-Eye, docks in the southern Sicilian port of Pozzallo and disembarks 415 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean. Italy is one of the main points of entry into Europe for migrants from North Africa, mainly from Libya and Tunisia. More than 13,350 people have arrived on Italian shores since January, three times more than in the same period a year earlier, according to the interior ministry.
31 May 2021
Millions of plastic pellets from a container ship ablaze off Colombo have already washed up on beaches, along with other hazardous waste. The disaster threatens the lucrative fishing and tourism sectors.
5 Jun 2021
A burnt-out container ship off the Sri Lankan coast is sinking, with several hundred tonnes of oil still in its fuel tanks, according to the navy. The MV X-Press Pearl was carrying hundreds of tonnes of chemicals and plastics.
5 Jun 2021
The MV X-Press Pearl, which had its fires extinguished on Tuesday after burning for almost two weeks, is now sinking, threatening further environmental damage. Roughly 25 tons of nitric acid are on board the ship.
12 Jun 2021
The German army is planning to bring back more than thousands of beer cans from Afghanistan. Soldiers are not longer allowed to drink it due to security concerns.