As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Penguins at risk from oil as ship sinks

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.

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