Sri Lankan navy and coast guard take part in oil spill clean-up

Sri Lankan navy personnel cleaning up an oil spill from a damaged pipeline on the shore off the north-western coast in Dikkowita, close to Colombo, on Tuesday. According to reports, a damaged ship-to-shore pipeline leaked fuel into the sea on Saturda
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Sri Lankan navy personnel cleaning up an oil spill from a damaged pipeline on the shore off the north-western coast in Dikkowita, close to Colombo, on Tuesday. According to reports, a damaged ship-to-shore pipeline leaked fuel into the sea on Saturday while unloading fuel to the Muthurajawela Oil Refinery Complex from a United Arab Emirates tanker. Hundreds of staff from state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the Sri Lanka Navy took part in the clean-up operation aided by two Sri Lanka Coast Guard vessels, Samaraksha and Samudra Raksha, and experts from the Marine Environment Protection Authority.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2018, with the headline 'Sri Lankan navy and coast guard take part in oil spill clean-up'. Print Edition | Subscribe