Tristan da Cunha

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any residual environmental damage following the accident on Nightingale Island, Tristan da Cunha involving the motor vessel "Oliva".

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Much work was done to clean up the immediate environmental damage caused by the wreck and most of the visible signs of the sinking of the "Oliva" have now been removed by austral winter storms. However we cannot yet say what, if any, residual damage had been done as the effect on the fishery and wildlife is still being assessed. We continue to monitor this carefully, liaising closely with the Tristan authorities and relevant experts.

The insurers of MV "Oliva" continue to meet their obligations for the cleaning up of pollution from the wreck and have compensated the territory for fishery losses in the 2010-11 season. Negotiations with the vessel's insurers over compensation for any longer term impacts of the incident continue.

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