Australia Sends More Help for Solomon Islands Oil Spill

  By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, March 3 (Reuters) - Australia is sending more help to the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands to stop oil from a grounded cargo ship destroying a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary, Australia's foreign minister said on Sunday. At least 75 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has spilled from Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader since … [Read more...]

Grounded Bulk Carrier Threatens UNESCO World Heritage Site in Solomon Islands

Authorities in the Solomon Islands have reported a breach in the hull of the grounded bulk carrier MV Solomon Trader, sparking fears of an environmental disaster near the East Rennell UNESCO World Heritage site. The Solomon Trader has been aground since February 4 when it was pushed onto a reef off Rennell Island due to stormy weather. The ship had been loading bauxite from … [Read more...]