RFA Darkdale

Britain promises to clear oil from torpedoed Darkdale

A “catastrophic” oil leak from the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale has been declared inevitable within 25 years if no action is taken. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has now promised urgent steps to remove  the oil, to protect human health and St Helena’s precious environment. In the meantime, its investigation team says an exclusion …

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RFA Darkdale: wreck imposes ‘intolerable’ threat to island

A long list of risks posed by the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale sets out grim prospects for St Helena if action is not taken. Two are rated “intolerable” and highly likely to arise. They are: “Catastrophic structural failure of the wreck leading to complete discharge of oil to the environment.” This is rated as …

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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 the one caused near Tristan da Cunha by the loss of the MS Oliva in …

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RFA Darkdale: Mystery of the torpedo that failed to explode

The German submarine U-68 fired off four torpedoes at the RFA Darkdale, then sped quickly away to escape the attention of the gun crews positioned above Jamestown. The logbook recorded that all four struck home. But investigators from the Ministry of Defence say their examination of the wreck casts a new light on the historical …

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