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Oil booms retrieved

December 14, 2007, 19:41 CET

Vessels with oil booms out 3.7 nautical miles north of Gullfaks B on the afternoon of Friday 14 December. (Photo: Marit Hommedal/StatoilHydro)

During the afternoon of 14 December, ships carrying two oil collection systems were active in the sea areas where the slick was thought to be at its thickest.

Since the oil proved so thinly spread, however, it is no longer appropriate to keep the booms deployed and they have accordingly been retrieved.

A close eye will be kept on the position in the time to come, and StatoilHydro will maintain its emergency response over the weekend.

Vessels are still present in the area to keep watch over the slick, which is also being monitored by satellite.

The Norwegian National Coastal Administration’s LN-SFT surveillance aircraft will fly over this part of the North Sea on Saturday morning and Monday to make fresh observations.