Amsterdam harbour oil slick under control

8th January 2011, Comments 0 comments


The authorities say the oil slick round the Port of Amsterdam has been brought reasonably under control. A tanker was involved in a collision with another ship on Tuesday and started leaking fuel oil from one of its cargo tanks. Strong winds over the past few days have spread the oil over a wide area including parts of the North Sea Canal with connects the capital with the North Sea.

Following reconnaissance flights, vessels were able to clean up the slick in the waterway. However, there is still oil in parts of the harbour and other areas around Amsterdam.

Over the past four days, many birds have been coated in the oil. Animal welfare workers have picked up about 100 of them so far, but only around 25 of them have survived.




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