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Port City Colombo donates PPE worth Rs. 2 mn to support cleanup of ship fire debris

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Port City Colombo donated over Rs. 2 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) on 28 May to support its ongoing efforts to clean up the debris and chemical waste collected on the coastline resulting from the MV X-PRESS PEARL ship fire.

The MEPA, together with the tri-forces, undertook the cleanup of the 30 km coastal stretch from Uswetakeiyawa to Negombo but was challenged with ensuring safety for its workers due to the lack of protective gear. Port City Colombo promptly responded to their urgent request by donating PPE that included 1,000 heavy use gloves, 1,000 safety goggles, 950 gumboots, 1,000 face masks, and 204 shovels.

On behalf of the CHEC Port City Colombo, Environment Consultant W.A.D.D Wijesooriya, Head of Public Relations Kassapa Senarath and Environment Officer of China Harbour Engineering Company Mangala Jayaneththi, handed over the donation to Marine Environment Protection Authority Deputy General Manager A.J.M. Gunasekara and D.R.C. Jayawardana at the Port City Colombo premises.

MEPA Deputy General Manager Gunasekara appreciated the timely donation made by Port City Colombo and commended the active engagement Port City Colombo had with MEPA in supporting the continuous efforts to keep the Sri Lankan coastlines and the marine environment safe.

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