[뉴스펭귄 남주원 기자] 스리랑카 해변이 플라스틱 알맹이와 온갖 잔해물로 뒤덮였다.
지난달 20일(이하 현지시간) 스리랑카 콜롬보항 인근에서 침몰한 대형 컨테이너선 'MV 엑스 프레스 펄'(MV X-Press Pearl)호 잔해가 해변으로 떠밀려오고 있다.
침몰 당시 선박에 실려 있던 컨테이너 갯수만 1480여 개다. 그 안에는 벙커유 278t, 가스 50t, 질산 25t과 기타 화학물질이 실려 있었다.
또 컨테이너 28개에는 산업용으로 쓰일 예정이었던 플라스틱 알갱이가 담겨 있던 것으로 알려졌다.
무려 13일 동안 이어진 화재는 이달 1일에서야 진압됐다.
15일 외신에 따르면 엑스 프레스 펄호 선장은 환경오염 혐의로 체포됐다. 다만 보석으로 석방돼 다음달 1일 두 번째 법원 심리에 참석할 예정이다.
다음은 엑스 프레스 펄호에서 나온 무수한 플라스틱 알맹이와 화학 덩어리, 컨테이너 잔해, 기름 등으로 뒤덮인 스리랑카 해안가 상황이다.
VIDEO: Container ship off Sri Lanka burns on as debris washes ashore.— AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 28, 2021
Sri Lankan Navy personnel collect debris washed ashore from the Singapore-registered container ship MV X-Press Pearl, which has been burning for over a week pic.twitter.com/izYuCKwZ3z
Burnt-out container ship MV X-Press Pearl, carrying chemicals and plastics, that has already caused Sri Lanka's worst maritime environmental disaster, is in imminent danger of sinking with several hundred tonnes of oil in its tanks https://t.co/aYMl3Q3gTs pic.twitter.com/v8lyisOnq7— AFP News Agency (@AFP) June 2, 2021
This is heartbreaking The impact on the coast due to the fire onboard MV X-Press Pearl. pic.twitter.com/FBe9G3OE8J— Hamza Haniffa (@ExcuzeMiii) May 26, 2021
In pictures: Fire on chemical-laded MV X-Press Pearl container ship rages off Sri Lanka for sixth day as India sends vessels to help douse a blaze intensified by high winds pic.twitter.com/LuTyUhBQJr— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) May 26, 2021
Pieces of plastic, as small as these, are still capable of killing life below water— The Pearl Protectors (@PearlProtectors) May 31, 2021
MV X-Press Pearl ship disaster is the worst marine environmental disaster in the region ever to be recorded
Krishan Kariyawasam#MVXPressPearl #srilanka #colombo #shipaccident #oceanpollution pic.twitter.com/jbQMBFWELH
MV X-Press Pearl, A singapore vessel caught fire in Sri Lankan sea carrying tonnes of Nitric acid & plastic pellets. Navy officers collecting these pellets that washed ashore.— Siddhant Srivastava (@wisearthling) June 3, 2021
With 350 tonnes of fuel, the ship sank with a possibility of an inevitable oil spill#wisearthling pic.twitter.com/ACNINkdXWJ
On 20 May, the #MVXPressPearl caught fire and burned for 13 days. Within it was 78 metric tonnes of plastic #nurdles; small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil, used for manufacturing plastic products. Photos from Kepungoda after nurdles washed ashore. #EnvironmentDay2021 pic.twitter.com/WIUnLeAlIj— Roar LK (@Roarlk) June 5, 2021
"We cannot really say how long the beach clean-up process would take," Dr Terney Pradeep Kumara of MEPA told Roar. "It depends on the daily situation and we do daily surveys of the affected areas."— Roar LK (@Roarlk) June 5, 2021
credit: Roar Media/Akila Jayawardana#EnvironmentDay2021 #lka #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/ifJVuXFaWg
Sri Lanka Navy personnel clear debris and chemical granules used to manufacture plastic, washed ashore from burning cargo vessel MV X-Press Pearl on beaches of Wattala to Negombo in the suburbs of Colombohttps://t.co/VmvCvrtXD4— Anadolu Images (@anadoluimages) May 28, 2021
: Pushpa Kumara pic.twitter.com/ZK9UajaXRM
A Cargo Ship Burns off Sri Lanka, Covering Beaches in Plastic Debris - 21 images from beaches near Colombo, where locals fear a possible oil spill, even as they clean tons of plastic debris from a heavily damaged and sinking cargo ship. https://t.co/wVzAbZtrPs pic.twitter.com/jsZnVzbuWf— The Atlantic Photo (@TheAtlPhoto) June 3, 2021
Sri Lanka Navy personnel, wearing protective gear, clear the beach from debris and other materials that washed ashore from the container cargo vessel MV X-Press Pearl, on the beach of Negombo, north-west of Colombo, Sri Lanka. epa / Chamila Karunarathne #epaphotos pic.twitter.com/ghGtsQ9BL0— european pressphoto agency (@epaphotos) June 3, 2021