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VLIZ news - Pollution and human health: Oil pollution


North Sea wrecks project kicked-off

Added on: 2018-11-19
The remains of the wars in Europe can still be found on the seabed of the North Sea today. The many wrecks of ships and planes, often with their fuel and ammunition on board, testify to these turbulent times. But in the North Sea a lot of new economic activities (wind farms, aquaculture, coastal defenses ...) unfold in the context of Blue Growth. In order for these new maritime developments to proceed smoothly, it is important to know which wrecks are located where, in what condition they are, and which risks the installation and operation can have on the wrecks and any hazardous content. The European funded North Sea Wrecks project aims to find common solutions to this shared problem. ...

Oiled birds on the beach

Added on: 2014-01-27
In the period 19 to 22 January 2014 the wildlife rescue centers in Ostend and Dunkirk received several birds, stained with an oily substance. It mainly concerned grebes (indicating a pollution source in the near coastal waters). The RBINS confirmed that this is a case of pollution of Hazardous Noxious Substances (possibly vegetable oil). The discharge of certain Hazardous Noxious Substance (like vegetable oil) is, in contrast to the discharge of mineral oil, allowed under certain conditions. These substances however may have adverse effects on seabirds, just like mineral oil.