oil spill

Australia increases fines for pollution accidents

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.

Russia detains three after Arctic fuel spill

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.

Lessons learned: Oil spill while bunkering

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.

Cleanup authorities respond to Valdez Marine oil spill

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.

Fuel from sunken Grande America continues to wash ashore in Bay of Biscay

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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