The surveillance aircraft LN-SFT, which has been made available to StatoilHydro by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket), made extensive flights over the areas affected by the oil spillage on Dec. 12. The flights took place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and no oil was observed in the area.
The plane observations are supported by satellite monitoring, as well as observations from other vessels in the area. The surveillance aircraft followed the ocean currents as far north as Trondelag.
The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) also carried out helicopter surveillance on Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14 to observe sea birds. A number of northern gannets, fulmars and sea gulls were observed in the area, but no dead birds were seen.
The area is still being surveyed by satellite and aircraft, in addition to visual observations from helicopters and boats. There are also three oil pollution response vessels with tugs in the area that can respond and assist at short notice. A reduction in the level of activity will be considered if no new observations are made.
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