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Oil leak in south Iceland came from stranded ship

Hundreds of oil laden birds were found at south Iceland’s shores last week. It has now been confirmed that the oil had leaked from the stranded Cypriot transport vessel Wilson Muuga, which ran ashore in December.

Most of the oil in the ship had been pumped out of its holds shortly after the stranding to prevent an environmental accident, as RÚV reports.

But according to a research by the Environment and Food Agency of Iceland some oil had remained in the holds of the vessel and leaked into the ocean, harming the local birdlife.

The Environment and Food Agency is not concerned about further leaks, as there is almost no oil left in the stranded ship. It has not yet been decided when the ship will be removed or who is to pay for the operation.

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