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Petrobras reports FPSO oil spill in Campos Basin

Petrobras reported a hose rupture on February 23, at P-58 during the offloading of oil to a relief vessel. This caused an oil spill of about 188 m³. The offloading procedure was stopped immediately. The platform is in safe condition, while there are no victims or impact to the operation. Initial simulations show that there is no risk that the slick will reach the coast.

Solomon Trader oil spill becomes an environmental disaster

Around 60 tonnes of oil has spilled from the bulker Solomon Trader, that ran aground on a coral reef in the Solomon Islands, on 4 February. The incident is already considered an environmental disaster, as well as the worst man-made natural disaster ever to hit the Solomon Islands. As of now, 600 tonnes more of oil are still on board the vessel.

BSEE provided hundreds of waivers for Well Safety Rules

The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) decided to withdraw several offshore safety rules that were enacted under the Obama administration-era Well Control Rule. According to data provided by BSEE the department has been issuing hundreds of waivers for a number of these rules, prior to their repeal.

Oil spill reported from container ship in Oakland

The US Coast Guard informed that it responded to a sheen reported from a container ship moored at the Matson Terminal in Oakland, on 22 February. The crewmembers of the ship noticed the sheen on 21 February, shortly after mooring. The Matsonia crew started the ship’s vessel response plan, informed the US Coast Guard and the National Response Center of the sheen and placed containment boom around the ship to contain the sheen.

Oil spill incidents increase in S. Korea during 2018

The number of marine pollution and oil spill accidents in South Korea reported a rise during 2018, the Korea Coast Guard informed. Namely, a total of 288 accidents of sea pollution were reported in the country in 2018, an increase of 6%, or 271, from the previous year. The amount of pollutants that leaked into the sea in the accidents increased as well by 9% to 251 kiloliters in 2018.

Oil spill reported in Tennessee River near Paducah, Kentucky

The US Coast Guard informed that it is responding to a diesel oil spill in the Tennessee River near Paducah, Kentucky, that took place on February 19. The spill came from a vessel that hit a pier, while being transported by an assist tug to a dry dock. The pier opened a small gash in the vessel, which caused approximately 3,000 gallons of diesel to discharge into the water.

Oil spill noticed from grounded bulk carrier in Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands prime minister asked Australia for help to clean up an environmental disaster after oil was spilled from the bulk carrier MV Solomon Trader, that ran aground on a coral reef near a world heritage area. Heavy fuel oil can be smelt from as far as 800 metres from the vessel. In addition, discoloured brown water was notices about 600 metres south east.

FlipFlopi boat sails for cleaner African seas

The ‘FlipFlopi’ boat, is a 9-metre-long dhow, voyaging south along East Africa’s coast to raise awareness of the challenges plastics pose to the ocean, chief boat-builder and captain Ali Skanda stated. The marine ecosystem and the ocean has been crucially affected by the plastic debris and the boat aims to alert and wake up the locals on how they handle and dispose the waste.

adidas targets more shoes from recycled plastic in 2019

In 2018, sporting goods manufacturer adidas produced more than five million pairs of shoes containing recycled plastic waste. The company now plans to more than double that figure in 2019, setting a target of eleven million pairs of shoes made from plastic waste, making every product ‘a small contribution to the preservation of our oceans’. 

Tanker operator fined with USD 2 mn for dumping oily waste

Vessel operator Interorient Marine Services was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker. Senior ship officers employed by the company aboard the Ridgebury Alexandra Z discharged oily waste into the ocean by flushing the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment sensor with fresh water.

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