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SL to buy Spanish ocean cleaner: Dy. Min. Mannapperuma

19 September 2018 08:33 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry would buy a high tech ocean cleaning vessel through Spanish funds in near future, Deputy Minister of Environment Ajith Mannapperuma said.

“The vessel is capable of cleaning waste in saline water,” he said.

He was addressing a press conference at UNP headquarters Sirikotha this morning.

The ship would be bought following a request made by the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry.

He said the Ministry hoped to use the ship in special projects to clean 14 tourist beaches and to upgrade them among the best beaches according to international standards.

He said that a cleanliness of a beach was a main factor tourists considered when making decisions on destinations.

The Deputy Minister said the ship would be also used in removing oil spills like the recent incident at the Uswetakeiyawa Beach.

He said that the President had already discussed with the Minister of Ports and Shipping, to lease out the ship to the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) when the vessel was not engaged.

He said the Government could settle the funds obtained for the ship to the Spanish Government.

Ocean cleaner ships are capable of collecting marine debris, macro plastic waste and cleaning up ocean oil spills. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  Comments - 12

  • Dhammika Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:11 PM


    Jan Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:22 PM

    SriLankan Ocean Cleaner available Why buyng Spanish Ocean cleaner because USD commissions can get underhand buying this

    goodhart Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:28 PM

    " buy" with commission on credit? Our tax to pay? What about our Rupiyal ? make to 200 per $ before leave.

    Gummay Baiyya Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:11 PM

    Aney! As a priority, clean our village wells and waterways that are polluted by toxic run-off from Glyphosate and herbicide.

    JuniorCitizen Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:06 AM

    Every time the government proposes to purchase something, i get upset, because i know that someone somewhere in whichever government is getting rich solely on commissions..

    Stunned Citizen Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:54 AM

    A guess the next election the people will clean the parliament of deadwood like you

    Gobbaya Thursday, 20 September 2018 03:53 AM

    How nice...more kickbacks more commissions

    Prem Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:55 AM

    Can’t anyone find a mechanism to clean out corruption and fixes it for the parliament?

    Aiyoo Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:58 PM

    There is a mechanism to clean out corruption. It is called capital punishment!

    Just asking Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:07 AM

    Good commission?

    ravin Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:51 AM

    Good idea.But the timing ? got an opportunity for make commission?

    Dhammika Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:58 AM

    Is this A OCEAN CLEANING SHIP the NEED of the HOUR .

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