Sri Lanka will take legal action against the owner of the oil supertanker that's been hit by multiple fires since last week and now is apparently leaking.
That's according to an official at the Marine Environment Protection Authority, who said they're deciding whether to claim criminal liability, civil liability, or both.
The action will be filed under Sri Lankan laws protecting the marine ecosystem.
There are fears the incident will lead to an ecological disaster. So far the leak has only contained the ship's fuel oil, and not the 2 million barrels of crude in its cargo.
The Sri Lankan navy said on Wednesday it had extinguished another fire on the stricken ship, and is towing it to deeper water.
As of Wednesday (September 9) there are no fires on the ship.
There was no immediate comment from the vessel's manager or its Greece-based registered owners.