ITOPF presented earlier this year at INTERSPILL conference a poster which depicts the trends in oil spills from tankers over the past ten years (2005-2014)

 ITOPF maintains a database of recorded oil spills from tankers, combined carriers and barges. This contains information on accidental spillages since 1970, except those resulting from acts of war.

Information is gathered from a wide variety of sources, including published material, such as the shipping press and other specialist publications, vessel owners and their insurers, and from ITOPF's own activities on site at incidents.

Whilst it is useful to observe the long term trends since 1970, it may also be beneficial to analyse more recent data for shorter term trends. ITOPF analysed the period 2005 to 2014, making comparisons between the first five year period 2005-2009 and the second five year period 2010-2014.

 

ITOPF's poster presents the results of an analysis of various aspects of incident informati on for tanker spills seven tonnes and over within the past ten years (2005-2014). Factors used to identi fy trends include:

• number of spills

• quanti ty of oil spilled

• types of oil spilled

• operati ons of tankers and causes of spills

• locati ons of spills

Key issues 

● Notable trends can be seen when comparing data in the five year periods 2005-2009 and 2010-2014. ITOPF observed that the number of spills and the quantity spilled from oil tankers has more than halved in this ten year period.

● The majority of spills from tankers are of persistent oil cargo but the frequency of these spills has more than halved in this ten year period.

● The main causes of spills over the past ten years have been allisions, collisions and groundings. The majority of incidents occurred whilst vessels were underway.

● ITOPF have recorded 107 spills, seven tonnes and over, in 39 countries between 2005 and 2014. One additi onal incident occurred in high seas.

● The countries experiencing the highest number of spills (10 and over) in this ten year period are China, USA and Vietnam. However, a large proporti on of these occurred before 2010 and since then, the number of spills in these countries has reduced by at least half.

The following poster presents the results of an analysis of various aspects of incident information for tanker spills seven tonnes and over within the past ten years (2005-2014).

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ITOPF-poster

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