Almost two months have passed since a thick black sludge was first seen in the Pernambuco coast; Still, the government of Brazil hasn’t found the main factor of the oil spillage. As a result, it keeps infecting the shores in northeastern Brazil and polluting more than 100 beaches, counting some of the country’s most popular.
The US Department of Justice fined two shipping companies, incorporated in Liberia, for failing to notify the USCG of a hazardous condition on one of their vessels and to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by presenting false documents to the Coast Guard that covered up vessel oil pollution.
An oily substance in the form of lumps of black tar has been found on an extensive area of Brazil’s North Eastern coast, as reported by Proinde, club correspondents. The Brazilian Navy’s Integrated Maritime Safety Centre is carrying out an investigation on the maritime traffic in the area comprising of about 36,000 square nautical miles in Brazil’s exclusive economic zone, targeting mostly oil tankers.
The Iranian news outlet Shana published the first images of the damaged tanker Sabiti, which was hit by missiles in the Red Sea, last week, off Saudi Arabia’s coast and suffered two hull breaches, while Iranian PMO’s Managing Director Mohammad Rastad commented that it was definitely a missile hit.
Last week, SAFETY4SEA remembered the Torrey Canyon oil spill, which claimed the title of the worst environmental tanker disaster in March 1967. The sinking of the Amoco Cadiz more than a decade later came to claim again the title of the world’s worst oil spill, putting another dark spot in the environmental record of shipping.
On 13 August 2019, the US Coast Guard published a final rule, increasing the limits of liability for vessels under US Oil Pollution Act 1990 (OPA 90) from 12 November 2019. OPA 90 adjusts the limits of liability, based on increases in Consumer Price Index (CPI) not less than ever three years.
More than 50 years after the supertanker ‘Torrey Canyon’ ran aground off England, spurring every drop of its crude oil cargo into the Atlantic, SAFETY4SEA attempts to analyze the world’s first major oil tanker disaster that put the meaning of environmental conservation in a new context.
The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command (UC) informed that it has divers working in order to find and secure the source of an oil spill that took place from the ro-ro Golden Ray on October 1. As of now, a salvage operation is trying to lighter the ship, having already removed more than 106,101 gallons of fuel.
Brazil informed on September 27, that an oil spill has contaminated beaches and coastline across eight Brazilian states. However, Brazilian authorities are not about where the oil originated from, with Brazil’s oil agency ANP believing that it may have been spilled by a tanker.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration released photos from a fire incident involving the Russian trawler ‘Bukhta Naezdnik’. The NCA was called to assist in the extinguishing work when a fire erupted on the Russian trawler, while at the quay in Tromsø, on 25 September.
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