Nov 02, 2021

Bacteria ship heads towards Weligama from Hambantota

The Hippo Spirit ship carrying Chinese organic fertilizer containing harmful bacteria is in Sri Lankan waters 61 nautical miles off Weligama, according to shipping websites.

The ship was not up to date with international navigation data yesterday (01) and according to satellite data systems, was last seen on the 24th off the coast of Hambantota.

By then the name of the ship had been changed from Hippo Spirit to Seio Explorer.

On the 24th, the ship appeared 4.18 nautical miles off the coast of Yala National Park, near Hambantota.

By the 31st, the ship's trajectory had been re-entered in the satellite database and renamed Hippo Spirit.