The X-Press Pearl was anchored before and during the fire, and her crew was evacuated from the ship May 25. As few if any bridge conversations or navigation have occurred since, the VDR may not have recorded substantial new information about recent events aboard the ship, but it provides an additional resource for Sri Lankan officials as they begin an investigation into the fire.
Sri Lankan Navy divers attempted to access the vessel last week, but low visibility and rough surface conditions hampered the effort. They returned Sunday and conducted a more thorough examination of the hull, and they reported no signs of oil pollution.
The vessel had about 300 tonnes of fuel aboard when she arrived in the anchorage off Colombo; some reports have suggested it is possible that a portion of the fuel may have burned off in the fire.
#srilanka_navy engaged in a diving operation inspecting underwater profile of partially submerged #MVXPressPearl to assist salvors on 03 June. Underwater assessment could not bring about desired results due to poor visibility. pic.twitter.com/YoGq9mHGnd— The Sri Lanka Navy (@srilanka_navy) June 4, 2021
Source: Maritime Executive (Click for further of the article)