Plastic Bottle Boat ‘Plastiki’ Reaches Sydney Harbour

July 26th, 2010 - 9:52 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
placSydney, July 26, (THAINDIAN NEWS) After successfully completing a voyage that lasted for about four months, ‘Plastiki,’ the boat which was made of plastic bottles has finally reached the Sydney Harbour. The unusual boat left the city of San Francisco in United States in the month of March and made its journey through the Pacific Ocean then moving towards Western Samoa and New Caledonia prior to its arrival in Australia. The main aim of the vessel, which was built with as many as 12,500 plastic bottles, was to raise awareness about the dangers that plastic waste poses to the environment.

The scene at the Sydney Harbour was nothing short of celebration as hundreds of enthusiastic people gathered at the venue to welcome ‘Plastiki’ as it geared up to end its four-month long expedition after arriving in Australia. After reaching the Sydney Harbour, environmentalist David de Rothschild who was instrumental in leading the voyage recalled the expedition and said that it indeed turned out to be an extraordinary adventure for him as well as the other six crew members aboard the boat. The environmentalist further explained that ‘Plastiki’ aimed to raise consciousness about the damage that disposal of plastic waste causes to the ocean while adding that a UN report about the hazards caused by plastic waste to ocean inspired him for the trip.

Meanwhile, for those who are wondering what would be the fate of the boat built of plastic bottles, ‘Plastiki’ would be going on display at the Maritime Museum based in Sydney where all those who have been intrigued by the rather unique boat would be able to catch a glimpse of it.

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