Accidental oil spills from marine shipping

Indicator Fact Sheet
Prod-ID: IND-135-en
Also known as: WHS 011
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Assessment made on  01 May 2004

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  • WHS 011

Policy issue:  Are we reducing oil discharges from marine shipping?


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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