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XPress Pearl was random; If Captain had informed in advance, disaster could have been avoided – Rohitha (Video)

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Minister of Ports & shipping Rohitha Abeygunawardhana speaking in Parliament today said that had the Captain of the fire gutter Pearl Xpress informed the harbor control tower in advance of a leak in one of its containers, the disaster may have been averted.

Minister Abeygunawardhana said that the Captain of the vessel had neglected his duties in failing to inform of the leakage in advance.

He also said that the XPress Pearl had docked at the out harbor while requesting for terminal clearance on 20 May.  

Abeygunawardhana said that the XPress Pearl incident was random and attempts to politicize it was based on misinformation.

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