Non-profit marine ship pollution response adviser International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) recorded a total of six oil spills, two larger than 700 metric tonnes (mt) and the remaining four below the figure, from tankers in 2017
The first large spill occurred in the Indian Ocean when a tanker sank with over 5,000 mt of oil on board in June, while the second spill took place in the Aegean Sea when another sunken tanker sank off the coast of Greece in September and released about 700 tonnes of oil.
Two of the four medium sized spills were recorded in January 2017 in South Asia and Southeast Asia; both resulted from collisions and involved the release of bunker fuel.
A third medium sized spill was reported in East Asia in August; this also involved bunker fuel and resulted from a vessel grounding in bad weather. The fourth spill occurred in October in the USA.
Overall, the total volume of oil lost to the environment recorded in 2017 was approximately 7,000 mt; the majority can be attributed to the large spill in the Indian Ocean during June.
Published: 25 January, 2018
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