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Large quantities of Plastic pellets, an offshoot of the ship on fire, cleared by the Sri Lankan Navy in a week long operations

Coastal clean-up operations have helped to remove 584 tons of plastic pellets washed ashore from the burnt container ship X Presss Pearl, in the Sri lankan west coast along Colombo Port according to Sri Lankan media reports.

The Marine Environment Protection Authority, the Coast Conservation Department, the Navy and the Air Force are jointly carrying out beach cleaning activities.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa recently inspected the coast strewn with the debris from the ship.

The clearing of the nine-kilometre-long coastline is being carried out by the Western Command of the Sri Lankan Navy.

The Navy commenced coastal clean-up on May 26th and by June 02, it had removed 584 tons of plastic pellets.

About 470 Navy Western Command personnel are engaged in the tedious task of cleaning this part of the coast daily from dawn to dusk. In addition, a team of Navy lifeguards has also been deployed in the area. The Marine Environment Protection Authority and the Coast Conservation Department also assisted the clean-up operation.

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