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MV Rena Cracking, Risking Breaking Up, Containers Washing Ashore

The Liberian flagged container ship, MV Rena, which ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga, New Zealand last week is continuing to suffer structural cracking and is continuing to spill bunker oil and losing containers overboard. Several beaches on the … Continue reading

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Update: MV Rena – Increasing Oil Spill and Container Loss

Bad weather is adding to an already bad situation as salvage and clean up crews struggle to staunch the flow of oil from the container ship, MV Rena, which has been grounded on Astrolabe Reef in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty near Tauranga for … Continue reading

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Oil Spill from MV Rena – A Small Leak or Looming Environmental Disaster ?

Depending on what one reads, the oil spill associated with the grounding of the MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga, New Zealand is either a “small leak” or a “looming environmental disaster.”  Conceivably, depending on the integrity of the ship’s hull, both … Continue reading

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The Silent Spill – Exxon Reaches Settlement Over Newtown Creek Oil Spill

No one knows exactly how much oil was spilled at Newtown Creek, an industrial canal between the boroughs of  Brooklyn and Queens in New York harbor, but the best estimates are between between 17 million and 30 million gallons, which is … Continue reading

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The Sinking of the MSC Chitra: Port Re-opens while the Finger-pointing Intensifies

The containership MSC Chitra and the bulk carrier Khalijia 3 collided near Mumbai, India on Saturday, resulting in the sinking of the  MSC Chitra, a significant oil spill and the loss of at least 200 containers in the ship channel which … Continue reading

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Skimmer “A Whale” Sails for Dalian, China Spill

Lloyds List is reporting that the Skimmer “A Whale” which failed to collect significant amounts of oil in the Gulf of mexico from the BP spill is now en-route to the major spill in Dalian, China.  The more concentrated oil on the … Continue reading

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China oil spill a ‘severe threat’

Sadly the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not the only ongoing major oil spill. China oil spill doubles in size, is deemed ‘severe threat’ China’s largest reported oil spill more than doubled in size to 165 square miles … Continue reading

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IRobot Seaglider – Vacuum Cleaner’s Aquatic Cousin Monitoring the Oil Spill

We own a Roomba, which is a robot vacuum cleaner made by iRobot.   It looks like a cross between an overgrown hockey puck and a squashed R2D2 from Star Wars.  It softly whirs and occasionally beeps as it crisscrosses the floor vacuuming, until … Continue reading

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BP Deepwater Horizon – Whales and Dolphins Sick and Dying in the Spill

Sobering aerial video of the scope of the ongoing spill.   At around 6:30 there is footage of pods of dead and dying dolphins and  a sperm whale caught in the oil.   Difficult video to watch but important, nevertheless. BP Slick Covers … Continue reading

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Pelicans, Back From Brink of Extinction, Face Oil Threat

Though the pelican is featured on the state flag, by the early 1960s, brown pelicans had been pushed to extinction along the Louisiana Gulf Coast by DDT and other pesticides. In 1968 pelicans were reintroduction to Louisiana from colonies in … Continue reading

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The Great Unknowns in Gulf Oil Spill

We haven’t posted about the Deepwater Horizon blow-out and spill.  The folks over at the Maritime Texas and the gCaptain blogs have been doing a great job of covering the environmental disaster as it continues to unfold and we have had nothing  to … Continue reading

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Grounding of the Shen Neng 1 – the Aftermath

The collier Shen Neng 1 has been refloated and removed from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where it grounded ten days ago.   In its wake it has left severe damage to the reef.  As reported by the BBC:  The Australian authorities have … Continue reading

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