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Sea bird threat after ship sinks (BBC News)

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Old Wednesday 16th January 2008, 19:20   #1
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Post Sea bird threat after ship sinks (BBC News)

A conservation charity expresses fears for wildlife along the south coast after a cargo ship sank with more than 400 tonnes of fuel on board.

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Old Wednesday 16th January 2008, 19:29   #2
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although this doesnt help the oiled birds i assume the shipping companies do actually get billed for the clean up...
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Perhaps they are insured for it but I'm sure they will want to salvage the oil! Hope she doesn't break up in these rough seas we're having along the S.Coast at the moment. A small consolation I suppose is the improved shipping requirements and rapid response now to potential environmental damage from oil spill.

This happened 3 days ago according to the link - think the Devon birders have had their eye out for oiled birds.
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a lot of the vessels on the high seas are absolute rust buckets, unsafe and only fit for scrap. unfortunatly there's mens lives at risk on them
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a lot of the vessels on the high seas are absolute rust buckets, unsafe and only fit for scrap. unfortunatly there's mens lives at risk on them
You can blame 'flags of convenience' for that. That's where shipping companies register their ships under the likes of Panama, Liberia or Malta, etc, for a lot less than under the UK, German, US flags, and so on. These countries also have, in some cases, very slack regulations governing the operation of these ships. If the ships in a very bad state turn up in European, Australian or US waters, they are usually impounded until any defects are rectified and subsequently operate to those countries that are going to turn a blind eye and deaf ear.

Fortunately the worst vessels are now being scrapped and tighter regulations being imposed.
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