The Parliament media unit said today that the COPE has instructed the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) to expedite recovery of Rs. 3,480 million due from the MT New Diamond shipwreck, which has not been received so far.
It was revealed that an expert committee had estimated that Sri Lanka suffered losses to the tune of Rs. 3,480 million as a result of the sinking of MT New Diamond.
It was revealed that the Attorney General has been informed of the situation and steps will be taken to claim the damages.
The committee had also instructed the Secretary ministry of Environment to investigate the issues faced by the legal unit of MEPA and to take necessary steps to resolve them.
COPE further gave instructions to carry out a probe on the failure to take legal action on the ship “Thermophile” that sank in 2012.
COPE Chairman Charitha Herath had also requested for expediting the amendment of Marine Pollution Prevention Act No 35 of 2008 so that MEPA will have more powers to deal with marine pollution. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)