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Langesund oil tanker disaster update. Protected birds to be cleaned. Early on Friday morning, the 167 metre-long tanker “Full City” ran aground in bad weather outside Langesund in Telemark. It’s estimated that it was carrying 1,120 cubic metres of oil on board, and the strong easterly winds and currents have now driven a slick containing approximately 300 tonnes as far south as Risør. Langesund is an area of great natural beauty, and a sanctuary for seabirds. Yesterday, birds that were covered with oil were being collected and shot. The remaining birds have now been given a reprieve. Consequences Not far from the shipwreck lies the nature reserve of Lille Såstein, a nesting area for seabirds. According to the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature (Norges Naturvernforbund), the accident could not have happened at a worse time. Although the nesting season is over the birds are still vulnerable, as from now until the end of August most of them are on the sea with their young.

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Langesund oil tanker disaster update

Published on Sunday, 2nd August, 2009 at 17:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 12th April 2010 at 11:03.

Protected birds to be cleaned.

Oiled bird
Oiled bird
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Early on Friday morning, the 167 metre-long tanker “Full City” ran aground in bad weather outside Langesund in Telemark. It’s estimated that it was carrying 1,120 cubic metres of oil on board, and the strong easterly winds and currents have now driven a slick containing approximately 300 tonnes as far south as Risør. Langesund is an area of great natural beauty, and a sanctuary for seabirds. Yesterday, birds that were covered with oil were being collected and shot. The remaining birds have now been given a reprieve.

Consequences

Not far from the shipwreck lies the nature reserve of Lille Såstein, a nesting area for seabirds. According to the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature (Norges Naturvernforbund), the accident could not have happened at a worse time. Although the nesting season is over the birds are still vulnerable, as from now until the end of August most of them are on the sea with their young.

“The accident can have major consequences for the area’s bird-life,” Lars Haltbrekken, the head of the society told aftenposten.no.

A scandal

The paper also reported that hundreds of birds were covered in oil, and it’s feared that their numbers would increase rapidly during the course of the next couple of days. Although the society has offered to help save the birds, Bamble – the local council – began killing the birds off with permission from the Directorate for Nature Management (Direktoratet for naturforvaltning). Whilst they defended their decision to allow these killings to take place, telling the paper that they only do this when nothing else is ethically justifiable, both the animal and environmental protection organisations are up in arms about it.

“It’s a scandal. All of the animal preservation societies plus the majority of the environmental agencies in Norway, would like the rehabilitation of animals that have been injured by the oil to be part of the emergency plan...Should work on this start quickly, then we have the possibility of saving 90 percent of the birds at present”, Siri Martinsen, a vet in the NOAH animal rights group told the paper.

Preparations

Today the amount of oil leaking out of the hull is very little. Haltbrekken says their own marine biologist, Per-Erik Schulze, has been out on a boat to observe the slick, and that they will be using the rest of the day to make preparations before commencing their rehabilitative operations.

“It’s extremely important not to reduce our efforts now, as there is still a lot to do,” he tells the paper.




Published on Sunday, 2nd August, 2009 at 17:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 12th April 2010 at 11:03.

This post has the following tags: full, city, oil, tanker, slick, environmental, disaster, birds, wildlife, nature, protected, langesund, telemark, norway, .





  
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