A Hong Kong environmental official visited a beach on Lamma Island on Tuesday (August 8) to inspect the cleanup progress of a 1,000-ton palm oil spill that occurred following a ship collision.
Tse Chin-wan, Undersecretary for the Environment, said the hardened palm oil had accumulated, blanketing the Hong Kong sea and beaches and polluting the environment.
More than a dozen public beaches have been closed since last Sunday as white blobs of congealed palm oil washed up on the city’s shores.
Organiser of a volunteer cleanup activity, Stanley Chan, raised concern over the melting of oil chunks as it pollutes the sea water and sands, affecting the water quality for swimming.
The two vessels collided in the Pearl River Delta estuary southwest of Hong Kong last Thursday.