Accidental and illegal discharges of oil by ships at sea
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
- TERM 010
Policy issue: Eliminate pollution by persistent oils and prohibit 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.
For references, please go to http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/accidental-and-illegal-discharges-of or scan the QR code.
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