Eight seafarers from an X-Press Feeders containership that sank off Sri Lanka remain in the country, stuck in limbo for more than six months.

With the exception of the master, none of the other detained crew from the 2,743-teu X-Press Pearl (built 2021) has been charged with any wrongdoing — but, at the same time, they have been forbidden to leave.

Their captivity at the hands of the Sri Lankan authorities remains ongoing despite the vessel's insurers having reached an agreement with local authorities over the costs of the environmental clean-up, and a contractor shortlisted to remove the wreck.