Thursday, September 24, 2020

Solomon Island Oil Leak Endangers Coral Atoll


An oil leak from a stricken ship has endangered a reef and a UNESCO world heritage site in the Solomon Islands.

On February 5, 2019, the Solomon Trader ran aground in Kangava Bay at Rennell Island, the Solomon Islands. Unfortunate subsequent reports have indicated that an estimated 100 metric tons of fuel oil has leaked from the stricken ship.

Experts fear there is more bad news to come, and the ship could potentially leak a further 600 metric tons of fuel oil. So far the oil has spread about 5-6 Km/~3-4 miles and has started arriving onshore.

According to the director of the Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office Loti Yates:

“There are dead fish and crabs and all that. The fumes that [are] coming out from the oil [are] also affecting communities and I just had a report it’s also impacting on the chicken and birds.”

Efforts are underway to control the leak and mitigate the effects of the spill so far.

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Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!


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