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Plastic Beach – Putting the Jigsaw Back Together

Well after the incredible turn out of passionate volunteers, arriving to help with the cleanup operations, behind the scenes we are working to piece together all the information we have gathered, so that we can better focus our efforts and also try and find the 6th Container. We all get excited with the discovery of a Blue Container door in the small rocky bay at the end of Tung O Wan. We had a theory that based on the intensity of the pellets in Tung O Wan, there must be a container nearby. We shared this with Dr Andy Cornish of WWF Hong Kong who was in Tung O Wan on the Saturday doing a fact finding visit before our big clean operation on Sunday. After sharing our theory with Dr Cornish, he had a quick search for the container and discovered the blue door in about 7 meters of water. Without cameras or diving equipment he relayed the news to us.

On Sunday we took the small boat out to Tung O Wan to focus primarily on the co-ordination of the clean up operation there. Our secondary role was to document the door and search for the container that we thought would be nearby. No container was found.

Last night, I decided to go back and look over all the data we have, both that which we have collected and that which the Marine Dept had shared with us. I had plotted the containers positions before, but never which of the containers we had seen at Rambler’s Channel Salvage Yard related to which position. To the Gov’t these containers would only have been listed by there container numbers, they would not be too worried about what the colours were for example.

There it was, plain and obvious, the door we found had come off of one of the containers we had seen at the shipyard.

From this exercise we can also clearly see how the bigger picture has unfurled and translated to what we have found around Hong Kong on the coastlines, and it’s intensity levels in certain areas.

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gre - August 7, 2012 - 8:01 am

Hi Mr Stokes,
I thank you from the deepest of my heart for saving Hong Kong! All Hongkongers owe you!

I just wanna share my thought with you on this plastic disaster. I seriously don’t think that it is an accident. You don’t have to agree with me.

1. Why was the vessel on the sea during typhoon signal no. 10?
2. The government has always wanted to kill Hong Kong fishing industry. However, Hong Kong fishermen don’t want to. So, we all know that these plastic pellets are not toxic and will just affect fish and bird…This sounds fishy. As long as the pellet is not toxic in nature (like releasing toxic vapour), many HKer will turn a blind eye on this. And I suspect that bird may be a killing target too. You know, Mai Po is next to Shenzhen and many real developers want to build “luxury buildings” in there. Bird can be an annoyance to (selfish) human and affects housing price. Reduce the no. of bird is also a positive effect for real estate developers.

Thanks for reading my comment. Again, I really appreciate your effort!

RoZ Keep - August 9, 2012 - 2:33 am

wondering what the details are emerging from the shipping company? Was he in HK waters at the time? What was he doing out in a storm?Who is the captain? Has he been arrested? Is HK going to prosecute company if it was in HK waters. I can`t find any info about this. If you have some where is it? I am just curious to know why Carrie Lam was so vague in her press conference.

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