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Oil slick threatens Sweden's west coast

TT/The Local/pvs · 18 Feb 2011, 11:06

Published: 18 Feb 2011 09:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Feb 2011 11:06 GMT+01:00

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The Icelandic cargo ship Godafoss ran aground off Hvaler in Norway, four nautical miles north of the Swedish border on Thursday evening, leaking a quantity of oil into the sea.

There are fears that the oil could be blown towards the Norway's Ytre Hvaler and Sweden's Kosterhavet marine national parks.

"It is primarily the birdlife in the national park which is threatened by the oil leakage," said Anders Tysklind at Kosterhavet to the TT news agency.

Ytre Hvaler is the are which is currently under the most risk of pollution, as current weather conditions and winds are protecting the Swedish side.

The Godafoss is reported to have sustained two punctures to its hull penetrating its fuel tanks, with each having a capacity of 250 cubic metres, according to a statement from the Swedish coastguard (Kustbevakningen) which is cooperating in the clean up operation.

The Norwegian coastguard has placed out booms around the fuel during the night in order to minimise its spread. According to Norwegian media sources the oil slick from the vessel is reported to have extended to 4.5 kilometres.

Kosterhavet is located in Strömstad and Tanum municipalities in Västra Götland county and became Sweden's first national marine park when it was opened in September 2009.

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The park consists of the sea and shores around the Koster Islands and to the north it borders the Norwegian marine park of Ytre Hvaler.

The park stretched to almost 400 square kilometres and is home to some 6,000 marine species, with around 200 unique to the area.

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10:44 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
"The Icelandic registered cargo ship Godaforss...."

Oh, COME ON! All the die hard America haters will come up with some spin to blame the US.

Don't let me down guys, let's hear it!!!
11:06 February 18, 2011 by Nemesis
I hope the Norwegian and swedish authorities can contain this spill in time to prevent any wildlife disasters.

I hope Iceland has the money to pay for any potential clean up.

@ UScitizen

Just because Iceland copied US economic policy and crashed its economy into the lower pits of hell, does not mean it is anything to do with the US.

Also the US does not own the majority of Icelandic debt, therefore the tentacles of your empire have no real grip there.

Look elsewhere to moan and whine.
11:28 February 18, 2011 by Luke R D
@ UScitizen

There's a big difference between hating America, and recognising the evils and all-encompassing influence of your government (read: owners). I doubt many people "hate" America as you purport.

It's not personal.

I'm Australian, I love my country, though despise my government for the very same reason so many people despise yours.
12:07 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Nemesis

I'm not moaning and growning, I'm getting all of you cocoroaches to come crawling out. It worked on you, as usual.

@Luke R D

Well spoken. Maybe you're right and hate is a strong word. Jealousy might be a more appropriate term for how a majority of The Local readers feel. And aren't governments quiet alike all over the world? Thanks for the thoughts.
12:40 February 18, 2011 by Rick Methven

Seeing as you have to passionately defend the US from criticism before anybody has said anything, isn't it about time you went back there to the house you own that you boast about, especially as your other boast was that you are so rich you do not need to work.

Bye bye, you will NOT be missed
13:18 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
Well methven you're the second one to crawl out! I'm moving back to America in August, 2012. If that's not soon enough for you, I'm sorry. But you know what? I was making comments on this site back in 2007 then quit for awhile. When I do move back to the states, I'll still read and comment every day. I'm retired (not retarded! I can poke fun at myself.) and being retired, I have plenty of free time.
13:44 February 18, 2011 by dammen
well I just hope the authorities get their act together and start the clean up and not leave it for several months as is the rule when it comes to investigating animal cruelty cases - the birds (like mos to the other animals involved) will be long dead
15:23 February 18, 2011 by Prionace Piaggio
What I like about The Local is not the journalism (which is sufferably dumb), but the sour bitching and sniping in the comments by regulars. It is quite amusing as a spectator sport.

But for the record the vessel is registered in Antigua & Barbuda,and the Iclendic company is, I believe, majority owned by Finnish business, not a US one.

Incidentally, UScitizen, why are you waiting so long to leave Sweden if you hate it, and have money and time on your hands? It seems lke staying in a country you despise is only raising your blood pressure and likely to leave you with a very short retirment. If I hated it I would head off 'home' petty quick.
16:11 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Prionace Piaggio

You apparently haven't been reading my posts. I don't hate Sweden and never said I did. I love it. I'm having the time of my life, traveling, exploring, learning about new cultures. It's great.

My complaint is with the sadly miserable people here who want to blame the US for all their problems. They are the ones who seem to hate their government, their jobs, their women, and at the same time they try to tell the world what a wonderful country this is.

And it is a wonderful country. I can't understand why THEY hate things so much and blame America. If you can explain it to me please do. I've read so many of their whining, childish comments about the US that I encourage them to make more. It seems to make them feel justified in their petty bitterness.

So please...... explain it to me. In the meantime, I'll live here and enjoy it, apparently much more than the native citizens do. Too bad.... I CAN leave and they can't. They have no other place to go so maybe that's why they're so angry with me and my beloved homeland.
17:29 February 18, 2011 by Prionace Piaggio
But US-bashing is the national pastime in so many countries, not just Sweden.

The US is great, or rather most of the people are, it just has a little bit of a PR problem when it comes to its foreign policy that's all, but I am sure it will get over it in time.

An as for reading your posts, I must confess, no, I have not in general. I log onto The Local every now and then. As a journalist myself I find some its writing and themes infantile and many of the posts seem to degenerate into illiterate, bigoted and biased rants and I rarely check out the names of the people (though I saw yours, as your 'taunting out of the woodwork' I foundamusing). However the website is amusing at times, and useful to quickly check out something in English I may have seen in DN or SvD (both of which I am equally highly critical of).

By the way Swede's can leave. The whole of Europe is now there for the inhabiting if they want.
18:48 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Prionace Piaggio

As a journalist you must be checking The Local to refresh yourself on what mistakes NOT to make in your reporting. Thanks for the comments.
22:48 February 18, 2011 by JLondon

The reason people don't like United States of America is because of arrogance. Thats the general concept. Americans believe they are better than everyone else.

I'll never forget a summer school at Standford, when one student said "USA is so good we created the World Wide Web, we have the best langauge, everyone admires us!"

Hahaha even more hilarious is the fact he got it all wrong XD World Wide Web

invented by a British man called Timothy John Berners-Lee (now a Sir) while he worked at CERN. And well you don't need me to explain the language lol
06:27 February 19, 2011 by UScitizen
Actually, Berners-Lee who is credited with creating the World Wide Web took the ideas of an America, J. C. R. Licklider, and put them into practice.

Before he did that Robert Taylor, an American created the first interconnected networking system and used it on October 29, 1969. That' was the ARPANET, the beginning of the internet.

There were many others in between but what Berners-Lee did was create ENQUIRE, an early hypertext database system .He, along with Belgian computer scientist Robert Cailliau proposed in 1990 to use "HyperText ... to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will" , which led to the creation of web browsers and thus, the world wide web.

Hypertext, by the way, was created by Vannevar Bush, an American, in 1945.

So, Berners-Lee made it possible for anyone in the world to look at something anywhere else in the world. If you have any doubts about the accuracy of my information, look it up on the world wide web.

Berners-Lee's invention was similar to the invention of the transmission. He didn't invent the car, just something that provided us a way to use it and took us out of the horse-and-buggy days, making fast highway travel possible.

I'm very thankful to Berners-Lee and all those before him and after him. His concept would have been useless if not for all the American inventors who actually invented the internet. Both you and that Stanford student need to check your history.
08:01 February 19, 2011 by Rick Methven
And of course we must never forget that America gave us Coke and the Big Mac
10:28 February 19, 2011 by UScitizen
And the Whopper!!!!!
15:30 February 19, 2011 by JLondon

I stated - I'll never forget a summer school at Standford, when one student said "USA is so good we created the World Wide Web, we have the best langauge, everyone admires us!"

World Wide Web was created by Berners-Lee - FACT

So where in my comments do I mention the internet?

You need to read the comment, think.... and then post.
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