X-Press Pearl VDR given to CID
BY Thameenah Razeek
The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), of the ill-fated X-Press Pearl, was handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Police Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana said the data from the VDR, also known as a ship’s black box, will be examined. He added the VDR contains communication between the captain, the main corporation, and the local agent.
Meanwhile, the captain and crew have given 20 statements to the Police, and the Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO) and Government Analyst have collected circumstantial evidence and water samples to analyse the pollution that has occurred to the environment.
By reviewing the information on the VDR, DIG Rohana assured that the Police will identify the parties guilty for the environmental contamination near Sri Lanka's coastline. A VDR is a piece of shipboard equipment that records a variety of data that can be utilised to reconstruct the voyage specifics and important information during an accident investigation.