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ITOPF: Number of oil tanker spills in 2019 the lowest in 50 years

The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) issued its oil spill statistics, noting a continuing decrease at the frequency of oil spills from tankers. With one large and two medium oil spills in 2019, the number in 2019 was the lowest in 50 years, ITOPF notes. 

The first electronic vessel certificates issued by NMA

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) officially announced that Certificate on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) and Certificate on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (CLB) document are the first certificates to be issued electronically.

Oil from sunken barge in Galapagos causes concerns

A situation involving a sunken barge in the Galapagos Islands which was carrying 600 gallons of diesel is under control but authorities are ‘very concerned’ about the vessel’s recovery, said Ecuador’s environment minister, Raul Ledesma. 

Equinor’s offshore platform guilty of oil leak

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) launched an investigation report on an oil leak caused by the Statfjord A facility on 26 November 2019, to understand the causes and clarify responsibilities.

Iran confirms oil spill off Kharg Island

The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) confirmed the large oil spill off Kharg Island, which accommodates Iran’s largest offshore oil field and main export loading terminals. The rig might belong to the Abouzar offshore oil field, a large reservoir first developed in the 1970s. 

Removal of Golden Ray to take longer than expected

Last Wednesday, November 20, the U.S. Coast Guard told local leaders that the wreck of the capsized PCTC Golden Ray may take more than a year to remove from St. Simons Sound, Georgia. In fact, during a meeting of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Cmdr. Matt Baer (USCG), who works with the Unified Command responsible for overseeing the salvage operation, said that the vessel’s position on a soft sandbank will make the effort lengthy and challenging. 

Five vessels in the spotlight in relation to Brazil oil spill

Speaking to the news agency AFP, a spokeswoman for the Greek coastguard said the investigation conducted in Brazil, indicated showed that five vessels from different countries are suspects for the large oil spill, including a Greek one.

Greek-flagged tanker denies accusations on Brazil’s oil spill

Following the two months of environmental disaster in Brazil after an oil spill, investigators suggested that a greek-flagged tanker, carrying Venezuelan oil, is the main suspect of this polluting situation. Yet, the Greek Company, Delta Tankers Ltd. denies all accusations supporting that their vessel reached its destination without any problem. 

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