An­dros strug­gles to limit pol­lu­tion from ship­wreck

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Ef­forts to pre­vent the sea around An­dros be­ing pol­luted af­ter a cargo ves­sel ran aground off the Cy­cladic is­land on De­cem­ber 24 are fac­ing difficulty due to stormy weather in the area.

Strong winds forced the Cabr­era, which was sail­ing to Fin­land, onto rocks on the north­ern coast of An­dros just be­fore Christ­mas. It was car­ry­ing 3,400 tons of fer­ronickel. All nine crew mem­bers were res­cued but sub­se­quent rough weather has led to the ves­sel sink­ing and ef­forts to con­tain the pol­lu­tion be­ing ham­pered.

The ship is es­ti­mated to still con­tain around 20 tons of fuel and at­tempts to con­tain any slicks us­ing pro­tec­tive nets have been dis­rupted due to high winds. A team of 35 peo­ple has been tasked with clean­ing the coast near the ship but it is ex­pected that con­di­tions will worsen in the com­ing days.

Mem­bers of anti-es­tab­lish­ment groups from Greece and Spain protested out­side Par­lia­ment in Athens yesterday to ex­press sup­port for Basque ac­tivists Mikel Zu­lu­aga and Beg­ona Huarte, who were ar­rested in De­cem­ber for try­ing to get eight refugees out of Greece. The demon­stra­tors said peo­ple have a duty to help mi­grants as an EU re­lo­ca­tion scheme is not be­ing prop­erly im­ple­mented.

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