In the early morning of March 16, 2011 the 225 meter bulk carrier MS Oliva runs aground at Nightingale Island, regarded as the second most important bird island in the world and very remotely located at 1500 miles from Cape Town. The ship was on it's way from Brazil to China with 70.000 tons of soya beans.
On March 17 the expedition team of the 'Prince Albert II' rescues the remaining crew just a few hours before the ship breaks apart the following night. Oil spill, rats and polutuin from the soya beans are now threatening the rare Northern Rockhopper penguins and the numerous sea birds as well as the crayfishery based economy of the small Tristan community.

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