Oil spill at Europe’s largest port affects 800 birds

In Europe’s largest port, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, hundreds of swans, geese, cormorants and gulls have suffered in a large oil spill after a tanker crashed into a jetty.

British public broadcaster BBC reported on Monday, June 25, that the Norwegian-owned ship the Bow Jubail ruptured its hull, pouring 220 tonnes of oil into the harbour on Saturday and officials immediately tried to contain the spill.

No less than 800 birds have been contaminated over a 10km radius and rescue workers have been overwhelmed by the number of contaminated birds as they take hundreds of birds covered in oil were being taken to wildlife shelters in Rotterdam, The Hague and Hook of Holland.

The Norwegian shipping company Odfjell which owns the Bow Jubail has commented it regrets the spill of heavy fuel oil and has set up an investigation to find out what went wrong.

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