Spain battlsto contain an oil spill from a stricken tanker.
Patches of oil had entered a sensitive 21-mile stretch between the rich shellfishing area of cape Finisterre and Malpica. But the bulk of the oil ? some 85,000 tons ? remained aboard the Bahamian-registered Prestige, about 80 miles off Spain's Atlantic coast.
A Netherlands-based international salvage company struggls to keep the Prestige intact in rough weather. Ecologists warns about the serious ecological disaster as some parts of the sea are covered in a dark layer of fuel oil up to 15 inches thick on the rocky coastline.
The fuel oil appears to be from a 3,300 ton leak from the Prestige following an accident during a storm Wednesday night. The ship?s hull has no outer casing to provide extra protection against leakage.
The tanker is owned by the Greek company Mare Shipping Incorporated.