Tankers Spill Less Oil Since 2010

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International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation has identified decrease in oil spills since 2010.

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According to International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), there has been a significant decrease in the number of oil spills from tankers since 2010.  As of 2015, the reports say that there have been six medium-sized spills of between 7-700 mt.  The spills involve cargoes of asphalt, naphtha and slurry oil, as well as bunker fuel.  Another two spills of oil over 700 mt from tankers took place in the same year.  It includes a crude oil spill in Singapore and a naptha spill in Turkey.  In 2015, nearly 7,000 mt of oil have been lost due to these oil spills from tankers.

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On a whole, there has been a decrease in the number of spills from tankers.  It ranges from 3.2 per year between 2000-2009 to 1.8 spills per year in 2010-2015.

ITOF made a mention that “This continuing trend in low numbers of large oil spills annually is encouraging news for tanker operators and governments alike as they continue to work to improve standards of operations in sea-borne transportation”.  

Source: ITOPF

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