Tristan : OIL SLICK THREATENS PROTECTED WILDLIFE AREA NEAR TRISTAN DA CUNHA
Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 17.03.2011 (Article Archived on 05.05.2011)
An oil slick from the Bulk Carrier, OLIVA is threatening the fragile ecosystem around Nightingale Island.
Photo (c) MV Prince Albert II Photographer Kristine Hannon
OIL SLICK THREATENS PROTECTED WILDLIFE AREA NEAR TRISTAN DA CUNHA
By Sarah Glass (Tristan Times)
An oil slick from the Bulk Carrier, OLIVA is threatening the fragile ecosystem around Nightingale Island – a protectorate of Tristan da Cunha. The latest is that there is an oil slick reported to be coming from the OLIVA running to the South of the island, with a small amount coming into Petrel Bay.
The vessel, carrying soya beans to Singapore from Brazil, ran aground in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Spinners Point off the Island.
After receiving a radio call from Cape Town South Africa, the Fishing Vessel, EDINBURGH, fishing at Inaccessible Island at the time was first on the scene to lend assistance.
F/V EDINBURGH anchored for the night of the 16/17th in the lee of Nightingale Island and again offered assistance on Thursday morning.
Fishery Observer Warren Glass on board the F/V EDINBURGH has reported seeing two dead birds. Three Darwin team members on Nightingale Island are in the process of distributing poison and rat traps on the shoreline and bank in line with the vessel.
The OLIVA also lost her lifeboat at 2:35am on Thursday morning, and the Captain and the remained of the crew are waiting for the weather to subside, before attempting a rescue by the crew of the Edinburgh. The wind is due to swing in their favour and the swell is also supposed to moderate on Friday.