Accidental oil spills from marine shipping
Assessment made on 01 May 2004
ClassificationWater (Primary theme)
Coasts and seas
- WHS 011
Policy issue: Are we reducing oil discharges from marine shipping?
Pollution from oil spills on a world-wide scale has been reduced by 60 % since the 1970s.
But, major accidental oil tanker spills (i.e. those greater than 20 000 tonnes) still occur at irregular intervals in European waters.
Despite an increase in the marine transport of oil, the world-wide average number of accidental oil spills above 7 tonnes has been estimated at 24.1 per year for the decade 1970-79, 8.8 per year for the decade 1980-89 and 7.3 per year for the decade 1990-99. In 2000 there was one spill of 250 tonnes (Germany) and 3 spills in 2001 totalling 2628 tonnes including 1 spill (Denmark) of 2400 tonnes.
Download detailed information and factsheets