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Types of oil spills and primary causes

ITOPF published a Handbook, containing valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in oil spills, chemicals or other substances from ships. The 2019/20 edition has been fully revised, introducing new graphics, further information on ITOPF’s technical services and a brand new section on different types of marine spills.

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ITOPF reports two large oil spills in 2017

The first large spill occurred in June, when the 'Rama 2' sank in the Indian Ocean with over 5000 tonnes of oil onboard. The second incident concerned the sinking of Agia Zhoni II off the coast of Greece in September, spilling about 700 tonnes of oil. The number of large spills decreased significantly over the last few decades and since 2010 averages 1.8 per year.

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