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RFA Darkdale: delicate task of preventing another Oliva disaster

Clearing oil from the wreck of the RFA Darkdale will be challenging and costly – but clearing up an environmental disaster would be worse. The Ministry of Defence is keen to avoid coping with an oil slick in mid-ocean, like … Continue reading

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Oil boom brings housing need on Falklands

The Falklands look set to get their own version of Bradley’s Camp, the temporary housing being used for airport workers on St Helena. Mercopress reports that a developer is being asked to build two 200-bed blocks of accommodation in Stanley, … Continue reading

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Revealed: blunders that caused Tristan da Cunha wreck disaster

Last year’s shipwreck disaster on Tristan da Cunha was caused by a drowsy officer who thought Nightingale Island was a rain cloud, an investigation has revealed. The chief mate of the MS Oliva failed to change course when Tristan’s sister island showed up … Continue reading

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Falklands braced for oil boom with deep-water port plan

A new deep-water port facility is planned for the Falkland Islands, reports the Mercopress news website. It says the new landing facilities will be at Port William, to avoid the environmental impact of expanding the floating dock at Stanley. The plans assume oil … Continue reading

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Buenos Airies sues Falklands oil companies

Argentina has begun legal action against five UK oil companies for offshore exploration around the Falkland Islands, claiming they are operating in Argentinian territory. In return, Britain has accused Buenos Aires of illegal harassment and intimidation. Read more here.

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How photo-blogger told America about island oil disaster

Photographer Andrew Evans arrived on the world’s most remote inhabited island just days after the bulk carrier MS Oliva was shipwrecked, creating an environmental disaster. The ship releasing an oil slick that was to kill hundreds of endangered rockhopper penguins … Continue reading

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Argentine harrassment of Falklands is illegal, says UK

Argentina’s attempts to make life difficult for Falkland Islanders are “illegal”, says the UK government. The latest move has been a threat of legal action against companies exploring for oil in the islands. Its foreign minister, Hector Timerman, promised “administrative, … Continue reading

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The Sun shines a light on Lisa’s defiance

The Sun newspaper tells the stirring tale of the 12-year-old Falkland Islander who defied an Argentinian invader 30 years ago. It says Lisa Watson refused to budge for the “twitching” commander with the machine gun and faced him down. Lisa … Continue reading

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Islands are key to ice riches, says academic

Britain’s islands in the South Atlantic are frontier posts in a race for economic riches in the Antarctic, according to an academic in Argentina. In past centuries, St Helena was a vital refuelling station for the commercial supply lines of … Continue reading

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Tristan penguin rescuers triumph – maybe

Efforts by the people of Tristan da Cunha to rescue birds in last year’s oil spill disaster appear to have been a great success, against enormous odds. A count appears to show little impact on breeding among the island’s endangered rockhopper penguin colonies … Continue reading

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