More than 50 people manning five boats and a plane worked throughout the weekend to contain an oil spill in the Kattegat between Skagen, on Jutland’s northernmost tip, and the council of Tjörn on Sweden’s southwest coast.
Officials described the spill as the worst in the region in many years. However, rescue workers maintained on Saturday that the situation was under control.
“We’ve confined the major portion of the oil,” Jonas Berg, a supervisor with the Swedish Coast Guard, said. “Now there is just a small amount that is spread about. On Sunday we removed about 150 cubic meters of oil. The workers are doing really well and have been working around the clock since Friday,” he added.
Rescue workers focused especially on protecting Stigfjorden, a Swedish fjord and marine nature reserve north of Tjörn, from the spreading oil slick. Stigfjorden is known as a nesting site for vulnerable bird species.
Some 60 cubic meters of oil were collected off Denmark’s west coast in the days following the collision. Several days later the oil slick hit the Swedish coast near Tjörn, some 60 kilometers north of Gothenburg.
As of Saturday afternoon, Gothenburg’s Bird Centre had received some 15 oil-covered birds, several of which were beyond saving.