Ben Webster, Oceans Correspondent
May 11 2017, 12:01am, The Times
A ship sinking near the Falkland Islands has put endangered penguins at risk of being contaminated by oil, the RSPB has warned.
The MV Reefer Uruguay, a 10,000-tonne refrigerated cargo vessel, was acting as a mother ship to fishing vessels close to the Antarctic Peninsula when she is believed to have struck floating ice. Her crew of 42 abandoned ship on Sunday.
The vessel, which is managed by Baltmed Reefer Services, based in Athens, is about 100 miles east of Stanley. She is understood to have 560 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 180 tonnes of marine gas oil on board. The RSPB said that this could spill into the ocean if she broke up as she sank.