Documents & Guides

Explore a variety of topics about marine spills, response and compensation matters in the pages below.

Each topic and area of interest provides access to more detailed documentation that is freely downloadable.

This includes our 17 Technical Information Papers which are fully illustrated with photos and diagrams and are available in several languages. 


What happens to oil in the marine environment over time when spilled at sea? How do different factors such as volume and physical and chemical properties affect the fate of oil spills? 


How does oil impact seabirds, plankton, sea mammals and the shoreline?  


Which industries might suffer temporary economic losses and loss of market confidence?


What are the specific chemical response strategies for responding to a Hazardous and Noxious Substance spill, and what are the potential effects on human and marine life? 


What information is needed for an effective oil spill contingency plan? How can aerial observation and protective strategies assist with response operations? 


What techniques are available for cleaning up oil at sea and on the shoreline?


What planning and waste management systems need to be put in place to reduce the volume of oily waste for treatment or disposal?


What legal arrangements and sources of compensation are available for a spill from a ship?

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02. Destino de los derrames de hidrocarburos en el medio marino

Este documento describe los efectos combinados de los diversos procesos naturales que actúan sobre los hidrocarburos derramados, conocidos en conjunto como “meteorización”. Los factores que determinan las posibilidades de persistencia de los hidrocarburos en el entorno marino se analizan junto con las consecuencias para las operaciones de respuesta. El destino de los hidrocarburos derramados en el entorno marino presenta repercusiones importantes para todos los aspectos de una respuesta y, en consecuencia, este documento debe leerse junto con otros documentos incluidos en esta serie de Documentos de Información Técnica.

Categories: Technical Information Paper (TIPS) , Fate of Oil Spills

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01. Observación aérea de derrames de hidrocarburos en el mar

Este Documento de Información Técnica ofrece asesoramiento y directrices para lograr un reconocimiento aéreo eficaz.

Categories: Technical Information Paper (TIPS) , Fate of Oil Spills, Response Techniques, Planning & operations, Spill Response

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