Dutch help clean up NZ oil spill

10th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A container ship which ran onto a reef off the coast of New Zealand is no longer leaking oil. Cor Radings, spokesman for the partly Dutch-based company Svitzer Salvage says they will start on Tuesday cleaning up the oil spilled in the Bay of Plenty, an important habitat for dolphins, whales, penguins and seals.

So far the environmental damage has not been as bad as was feared, with only a few seabirds and penguins covered in oil.

The New Zealand authorities say they will investigate all aspects of the case, including possible alcohol use by the crew.

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