The Public Works and Water Management department (Rijkswaterstaat) has announced that the last remnants of an oil slick off the coast of Texel have now been cleaned up.
Translation by Traci White
According to the Leeuwarder Courant, an aerial inspection could not find any further traces of oil on the surface of the water. An oil slick control vessel, Hein, finished up operations on Thursday afternoon: Rijkswaterstaat says that the thickest oil had been removed from the water.
De Visarend from the Dutch Coast Guard was also dispatched to the area about ten nautical miles offshore from Texel after the three-kilometre-wide patch was spotted earlier this week. Some of the oil was so thin that the suction arm of the Hein was unable to remove it, so De Visarend deliberately sailed through it in order to break it up and help the oil “break down naturally” in the water. The source of the oil spill has not been identified.
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