Shipowners, charterers, masters, operators need to be in caution of increased liabilities for fines being introduced in Australia, in addition to any pollution clean-up costs and damage claims.
Investigators from Russia detained three managers of an Arctic power station linked to the huge fuel spill that polluted the area about a month ago, as wind, rain and cold impacted the clean-up operations.
Maritime NZ launched guidelines concerning a major increase required in insurance cover or other financial security for marine oil spills from offshore installations.
RMI issued a Marine Safety Advisory providing lessons learned from recent cases where ships have spilled oil overboard or had near misses during bunker operations in Singapore.
Vladimir Putin declared the City of Norilsk in Russia in state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled into a river inside the Arctic Circle.
In its monthly safety scenario, the Swedish Club analyzes an incident of accidental oil spill while bunkering. The report highlights that the crew did not deploy the oil boom, as they thought of the cost. Therefore, the oil spread over the harbour.
As USCG informed, an innovative sub surface oil containment and recovery system, installed in April 2019 over a damaged oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is successfully preventing more than 1,000 gallons of oil per day from entering the environment.
Following an oily sheen near the Valdez Marine Terminal’s Berth 4, where Alaska oil is loaded onboard oceangoing tankers, authorities started cleaning operations. Specifically, officials determined that the main source of the pollution was a mixture of oil and water flowing downhill from an overflowing drain sump.
As part of its ‘Lessons Learnt’ series, UK Club describes a case of bunker spill in extreme cold weather, highlighting that additional considerations should be taken when bunkering in such conditions.
Small oil parts originated from the sunken con/ro ‘Grande America’ are still washing up on certain beaches in Loire-Atlantique and Vendée, in the west coast of France, according to maritime agency Premar Atlantique. A few tens of kilograms of pollutants as well as several birds carrying traces of oil were recovered.
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