Potential Disaster.

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Potential Disaster.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 15:24:39 +1000
Hi Birding-aussers, I'm surprised this hasn't gotten a mention yet but I first heard about it as I woke up to the radio this morning. HMS Nottingham after delivering a sick sailor to Lord Howe Island ran aground on departure, on Wolf Rocks just a few Ks away. Early reports were sketchy but to me with my Navy experience, a flooded mess quarters forward meant probable damage to fuel tanks.
I've just read a more up todate report on ninemsn and my fears were well grounded. Locals report a substantial slick, it appears a lot of fuel just spilled out the bottom. Most Aussie warships converted to light fuel some time ago but this vessel appears to be operating on Furnace Fuel Oil, heavy crude.
This is slap bang in the middle of Providence Petrel season, hopefully their foraging grounds are further afield but I should imagine there is going to be some major kills with other seabirds also. I heard one radio report saying a pollutant control team was being rushed out, lets hope they get into action real quick, this could be horrendous. What also sickened me was a local quoted as saying that this was all most exciting with not much going on at Lord Howe at the moment. Cheers - Paul Walbridge. 
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