Tanker spills decline amid increased trade

Click here to enlarge imageSpills of crude oil and refined products from tankers have declined markedly since the 1970s, despite a pronounced increase in tanker trade, according to the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko)Using statistics compiled by International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd. (ITOPF), Intertanko said that an average of 24 spills in excess of 700 tonnes occurred every year in the 1970s. In the 1980s, ITOPF-compiled statistics indicate that an average of 8.9 spills of more than 700 tonnes occurred each year during that period. And of the 1990s, Intertanko said, "Notwithstanding the two heavy fuel oil spills from Erika and Volgoneft...

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