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Updated: Oil slick cleanup brings casualties and challenges. Oil from the grounded Icelandic containership “Godafoss” has been carried south by the tide and reached the coastline of Aust Agder. The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) have placed emergency preparedness teams and firemen on higher alert. “We started preparing some of the reconnaissance crew, equipment, and boats to be used in case some of the oil hits land as soon as we were told yesterday,” Hans Bakke, on duty chief fire officer in Øst Agder fire department tells NRK.

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Updated: Oil slick cleanup brings casualties and challenges

Published on Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 22nd February 2011 at 16:16.

Oil from the grounded Icelandic containership “Godafoss” has been carried south by the tide and reached the coastline of Aust Agder.

The "Godafoss" containership
The "Godafoss" containership
Photo: Kystverket


The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) have placed emergency preparedness teams and firemen on higher alert.

“We started preparing some of the reconnaissance crew, equipment, and boats to be used in case some of the oil hits land as soon as we were told yesterday,” Hans Bakke, on duty chief fire officer in Øst Agder fire department tells NRK.

The cleanup operation is smaller than first feared, but employees of the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate are having to shoot hundreds of oil-coated seabirds.

“We’ve received many observations of soiled and dead seabirds along the coast of Larvik as far down as Jomfruland in Telemark. We saw approximately 250 oil-coated birds on Sunday of the coast of Tjøme in Vestfold County,” official Egil Soglo said yesterday.

Ministers of the Environment and Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Erik Solheim and Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, flew over the Vestfold archipelago to see the extent of the damage personally, praising everyone for their professionalism.

Neverthless, freezing temperatures are also posing a problem for crews, who have little experience at gathering slicks in freezing conditions. The oil that has leaked for “Godafoss” is also thick.

“These are some of the challenges we will have to face when the oil eventually arrives,” says Hans Bakke.

It is still unclear as to how much oil has been discharged from the containership, according to NTB.



Published on Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 22nd February 2011 at 16:16.

This post has the following tags: godafoss, hvaler, oilslick, eriksolheim, lisbethberg-hansen.





  
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