Arrest Following Oil Spill
Police have detained a ship’s captain on suspicion of dumping oil near Naantali, south-west Finland on Sunday evening. Initial interrogations have ascertained the light fuel oil was discharged from the ship in Naantali harbour and in the nearby Airisto Strait. Observations of the oil have been made as far away as Ledsund in the Åland Islands. Witnesses have also been interviewed in the initial investigation being carried out in collaboration with coast guards and other officials. The oil has spread out over a wide area of the local archipelago but the effects will not be as bad as feared, say experts. The spill is of light fuel oil, which spreads as a film over a large area on contact with water, but dissipates quickly. The biggest threat is to birdlife in the archipelago, says WWF
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