Australia Urgent search for two missing crew members who FLED Chinese ship
Salvage experts monitoring sinking chemical-laden cargo ship for pollution
A chemical-laden cargo ship which is slowly sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka is being monitored for environmental damage by salvage experts. © Reuters Smoke could be seen rising from the ship as it sank The MV X-Press Pearl began sinking on Wednesday, a day after authorities extinguished a fire that had torn through the vessel over 12 days, with volunteers describing the situation as the "worst marine ecological disaster" the country has ever seen. © Associated Press Sri Lankan navy soldiers are among the authorities dealing with the clear-up operation.
Officials are searching for two crew members who snuck out of a Chinese ship container in the middle of the night.
They reportedly left the Glorious Plumeria ship docked at the Geelong Port in Victoria on Sunday around 2am.
On May 22, the ship left the Port of Yangpu in the Hainan province of, reported the .
The ship Glorious Plumeria - which usually transports wood chips - was understood to be docked a few hundred metres from a Geelong Port exit.
Sri Lanka recovers black box from sinking ship, aborts dive
A black box from a container ship sinking off Sri Lanka was recovered but a dive Sunday to check for oil leaks had to be aborted, the navy said. However, they did not notice any oil slick in the area, a navy officer told AFP. He said another dive would be attempted when the weather improved. Sri Lankan authorities hope the black box will provide details of the ship's movements and its communications with the harbour in the capital Colombo, where it had been due to dock.
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Australia's international borders have been closed since March 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and ship workers are not allowed to enter the country.
When ships are docked at Australian ports, workers are required to remain on board.
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