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Fine weather aids oil spill clean-up

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Fine weather aids oil spill clean-up
09:32 CEST+02:00
Clean-up work following the oil spill off Sweden's west coast was helped by good weather conditions, and on Saturday evening roughly 35 tonnes of oil had been taken out of the water at Tjörn, an island north of Gothenburg.

As operations to extract the oil continue, the Swedish Coast Guard (Kustbevakningen - KBV) are investigating when they received the alarm about the shipping accident by Jylland.

In total, KBV have collected around 390-395 tonnes of oil at Tjörn, and other nearby islands, since the clean-up was initiated roughly a week ago. The work continued at full speed on Saturday.

"We haven't had this good weather since the operation started, with little wind and not much waves. This makes it easier to extract oil," said Kalle Isaksson, press officer att KBV in Gothenburg, to the TT news agency.

Saturday's operation saw some 15 boats and 80-90 people from KBV involved in the clean-up process. Areas around the nearby Rossö and the Koster Archipelago have now been searched with the help of police helicopter.

"We're now completely convinced that there is no oil there," said Isaksson.

The oil is believed to come from a collision between two ships, which occurred on September 10 west of the Danish peninsula Jylland.

Danish officials have reported that they informed Sweden and Norway on the day of the collision, wrote newspaper Dagens Nyheter. KBV have stated that they were not informed until four days later, the day before the oil reached Swedish shores.

KBV are now attempting to clarify when, and how, information of the oil leak reached them.

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