The ship carrying 3,900 metric tonnes of LP Gas imported by Litro Lanka was cleared yesterday (14) after being stuck in Sri Lankan waters for six days due to non-payment of US$ 2.5 million.
According to a Litro Lanka spokesman, LP gas could not be distributed for 11 days due to the delay, but it will be distributed by noon today (15), giving priority to hotels, hospitals and other essential industries.
The ship arrived in Colombo on 8 June afternoon, but was unable to unload the gas due to non-payment of the remaining US$ 2.5 million.
The public has been severely impacted by the ongoing shortage of LP gas in the local market, with long queues seen outside retail outlets in recent days. The situation has also taken a heavy toll on restaurants, with some forced to close their doors due to the acute shortage.