MV X-Press Pearl disaster: Insurers meet State Minister
By Faddhila Thassim
A discussion was held between the assessment team from the insurance company of the MV X-Press Pearl and State Minister Kanchana Wijesekera, on Friday (24), pertaining to the compensation for fishermen affected by the ship’s fire.
State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish and Prawn Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multi-day Fishing Activities and Fish Exports, Wijesekera stated that discussions focused at length, on the impact on fishermen and on the environment together with the need to pay compensation expeditiously.
He added the manner in which the portion of the interim compensation received was distributed amongst affected fishermen was discussed together with the compensation yet to be received. Wijesekera stated the officials were also informed that they could have access to required information adding that the Ministry of Fisheries is prepared to make such arrangements.