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Accidental oil spills from marine shipping

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Assessment made on  01 May 2004

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Classification

Water Water (Primary theme)

Coasts and seas Coasts and seas

Fisheries Fisheries

Tags:
oil | oil spills
DPSIR: Pressure

Identification

Indicator codes
  • WHS 011
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Policy issue:  Are we reducing oil discharges from marine shipping?

Key messages

  • 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.

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Key assessment

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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