Accidental and illegal discharges of oil by ships at sea
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
ClassificationTransport (Primary theme)
- TERM 010
Policy issue: Eliminate pollution by persistent oils and prohibit illegal discharges.
Major accidental oil spills from maritime shipping still occur at irregular intervals in the EU, but more oil slicks come from illegal discharges
Oil spills from shipping - illegal discharges or from accidents - are an important source of pollution in sea areas. Worldwide estimates of oil pollution of sea areas show that transport contributed 22 % to total spills in 1973 (1.3 million tonnes out of 5.9 million tonnes), and 34 % in 1981 (1.1 million tonnes out of 3.2 million tonnes). Between 1973 and 1981, the quantities spilled during accidents were always below those spilled during operations. In 1989 transport-related oil spills were only a third of the 1973 estimate.
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Oil Spills TERM 2001
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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