Trend towards fewer spills from tankers and less oil spilt
The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) has released its latest annual tanker spills analysis, which shows that the trend towards fewer spills from tankers and less oil spilt is being maintained.
Only one large spill from a tanker occurred in 2011; the same as for 2008 and 2009. With only four medium-sized spills recorded for the second year in a row, this means that 2011 saw just five spills of greater than 7 tonnes (50 bbls) from tankers, the lowest on record.
Alongside this, the total volume of oil spilt in 2011 was also the lowest on record and, at approximately 1,000 tonnes, represents an infinitesimally small percentage of the volume of oil moved by sea. This combination of record lows is especially encouraging given the ever-increasing quantities of oil transported by sea.
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Source : ITOPF