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?
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.
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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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