"Paul Walbridge" <>
Quote of the week.
Frank O'Connor <>
Tue, 09 Jul 2002 18:40:47 +0800
At 15:52 09/07/2002 +1000, Paul Walbridge wrote:
Hi Birding-aussers, from Queenslands Courier Mail page 7 this morning,
"There is only one rock between Lord Howe Island and South America and
these guys hit it" was the blunt assessment of a navy officer as the
Australian-led rescue effort swung into action." That must mean the Royal
Navy never misses right - great!!!
Also from the same article "The warship leaked a small amount of light
diesel oil but it was dispersing into deeper water causing minimal
damage." What constitutes a small amount as in the 'Australian' The
Nation, page 3 "Navigation sensors were disabled in the collision and 50
to 90 tonnes of its diesel load leaked into the ocean." A considerable
amount - or not? Maybe not if it disperses and breaks up fairly quickly.
What about Balls Pyramid? and a host of islands ...
I heard on the ABC radio that up to 50 tonnes of light diesel had leaked
from a total of about 500 tonnes. Certainly not as bad as crude, but not
good. Hopefully it will evaporate / breakdown quickly.
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://members.iinet.net.au/~foconnor
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