Slick detected from grounded bulker near the world’s largest raised coral atoll

Slick detected from grounded bulker near the world’s largest raised coral atoll

Oil spill response teams headed today to Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands to counter an oil slick from a bulker which grounded near a UNESCO site two weeks ago.

Amid foul weather a breach has opened up on the Solomon Trader, and a slick has been detected.

The ship ran aground while loading bauxite near the East Rennell world heritage site. The island is the largest raised coral atoll in the world.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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