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Oil spill clean-up continues in Sweden

Karen Holst · 18 Sep 2011, 14:22

Published: 18 Sep 2011 14:22 GMT+02:00

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"It is going well, we've got rid of almost 150 cubic metres of oil now. The work has been going on around the clock since Friday," said Jonas Berg of the coast guard to news agency TT.

The clean up efforts following the spill near Tjörn, in western Sweden, had continued well into Saturday night resulting in the removal of 110,000 gallons of oil.

Five coast guard ships, four smaller vessels, an airplane and about 50 coast guard personnel have been involved in the operation at the west coast’s strait between Härön and Kyrkesund.

Surveillance aircraft was sent up Sunday morning to get an overview of how much oil remains and the extent of its spread.

“There is an awful lot,” Jonas Åkerlund, operator with the Western Region’s Coast Guard, told local newspaper Göteborgs Posten (GP) on Sunday morning.

“As of now, the oil has not spread – it remains inside the booms at Härön. It appears we will have good weather today so we hope to remove a lot of the oil during the day.”

Jonas Berg agreed on Sunday afternoon that the coast guard had the situation under control.

The oil slick tracks from a ship collision on September 10th off the Danish west coast.

However, Gothenburg’s Bird Centre (Göteborgs Fågelcentral) had received 15 oiled birds by Saturday afternoon. The extent of the damage to birds and other wildlife still remains uncertain.

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“It is difficult to assess how many birds are affected. But presumably it can involve hundreds, perhaps up to a thousand. There may be injured birds on the islands and reefs that can only be reached by boat,” Tommy Järås from the bird centre told GP.

Several of the birds submitted to the centre were beyond salvation.

Karen Holst (kholstmedia@gmail.com)

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11:20 September 18, 2011 by Alohart
"About 110 cubic metres of oil has been extrapolated from Sweden's west coast"

Extrapolated?! Did Google Translate really say that?
18:08 September 18, 2011 by keepvogel
Strange fact is that very few news websites are reporting about this. Oh wait... it's sunday...
19:47 September 18, 2011 by DBurman
Unfortunately, your reporting lacks information about the collision. Here are some details from the Maritime Bulletin. --

The "Golden Trader" was in collision with the trawler "Vidar" in the afternoon of Sep 10, 2011, about 20 miles west of Thyborøn. The ship was underway from St. Petersburg to Port Said. The trawler tore a leak in the side of the cargo vessel, causing an unknown amount of oil to spill into the sea. The crew managed to stop the outflow within short time. There was only minor damage to the "Vidar", but one of the six crew members was slightly injured. The collision occurred in clear weather. The Danish Navy Operational Command SOK sent a fishing inspection vessel to the scene as well as the lifeboats "Martha Lerche", "LRB 23", "LRB 11" and the Coast Guard cutters "Ly" and "Manø". The "Vidar" proceeded to Thyborøn after the collision while the fishing inspection remained with the cargo ship which was detained. The crew of 22 of the "Golden Trader" was not injured. Bulk carrier Golden Trader IMO 9041459, dwt 48170, built 1993, flag Malta, manager Goldenport Shipmanagement, Greece.

15:38 September 23, 2011 by bira
...and this was allowed to reach shore, why?
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