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Hundreds of Pelagic cormorants died in Sakhalin oil slick

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 December 2015

180 metre-long causeway built in sea to reach stricken tanker to prevent more pollution.

Another 40 metres were still be be built. Picture: Sakhalin Info

The cost of the damage from holed vessel Nadezhda was put at $3.9 million - and rising. Despite a valiant effort by volunteers, only a handful of cormorants were saved and hundreds perished after being covered in oil in the 28 November disaster, it was revealed. 

Nadezhda


Nadezhda

In a race against time, workers are constructing a causeway to reach the tanker to enable more oil to be emptied from the vessel. Pictures: Sakhalin Info

A 'bird hospital' was set up by Sakhalin Energy, operator of Sakhalin-2, after the ecological disaster when vessel Nadezhda spilled its cargo into the sea. There were hopes that nine birds among dozens found alive by rescuers might survive. 

In a race against time, workers are constructing a causeway to reach the tanker to enable more oil to be emptied from the vessel. Another 40 metres were still be be built. The tanker has been surrounded by booms to prevent further leaks. 

Cormorants

A 'bird hospital' was set up by Sakhalin Energy, operator of Sakhalin-2, after the ecological disaster when vessel Nadezhda spilled its cargo into the sea. Picture: Sakhalin Energy

On Saturday, Sakhalin governor Oleg Kozhemyzko inspected emergency works, and said the ship's owner would be liable for the bulk of the almost $4 million cost, which does not include constructing the causeway. 

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