A team of veterans involved in evaluating the damage caused from the X-Press Pearl marine disaster allege they were not allowed at least to go near the sunken ship in the course of their evaluation.
In the meantime, local marine law experts are surprised by the government decision to file the compensation case in a Singaporean court.
There are deep concerns that the shortsighted conduct of the authorities will deny the country its due compensation against the grave harm caused to marine life.
Participating in Big Focus programme of Ada Derana last night (07), an expert on marine law Dan Malika Gunasekara said chances of securing a sizeable compensation is possible if the case is filed in a local court.
The Centre for Environment Justice says failure to file a case within the next 45 days will deny a USD 6,400 million compensation.
According to environmentalists, obtaining damages amounting to USD 10,000 million would be possible.