According to provisional reports, oil slicks were detected 2.5 kilometers from the Miidurand shore in the Bay of Tallinn and one kilometer from shore in the neighboring Bay of Kopli.
Five days after the first reported spill on March 6, the border guard spotted two more slicks off the Parispea peninsula, 42 kilometers from where the cargo ship had sunk. In addition, rescue rafts and an emergency buoy from the Runner 4 were found in the area.
Immediately after the pollution was detected, Finland dispatched a team of clean-up ships and the Estonian Border Guard sent its aircraft to monitor the area. By the evening of March 17, approximately 300 liters of oil off the north Estonian coast had been collected, a border guard spokesperson reported, adding that this was only a small amount. The Finnish boats Seili, Hylje and Halli continue…Read the rest of this entry »