Recent Case Studies

This section contains summaries of major spills from 1967 to the present day, looking at the incident, response, our involvement together with selected bibliographies and web links, where available.

Below shows the most recent profiles, to access the full list of case histories please use the link below, search using the filter on the right hand side or use the interactive map. 

Five most recent case studies:

FLINTERSTAR, Belgium, 2015

In the early hours of the morning of 6th October, while en route to Bilbao with a cargo of steel plates, the 6,577 GT general cargo ship FLINTERSTAR was involved in a collision with the 136,685 GT LNG carrier AL ORAIQ approximately six nautical miles off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Categories: Europe, General Cargo ship, Belgium

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SILVER, Morocco, 2013

On 23rd December 2013, after encountering heavy weather, the chemical and product tanker SILVER grounded on a sandbank off the coast of Tan-Tan in South Morocco while entering the port of El Ouatia. The vessel was carrying 4,940 tonnes of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) 380 as cargo, 190 tonnes of HFO 380 as bunker fuel and 24 tonnes of Marine Gas Oil (MGO).

Categories: Africa, Oil, Product Tanker, Morocco

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ST THOMAS DE AQUINAS, Philippines, 2013

On 16th August 2013, RORO passenger vessel ST THOMAS DE AQUINAS collided with containership SULPICIO EXPRESS 7 on approach to port in Cebu, Philippines. The STA sank within 15 minutes, settling in 40m of water. The incident resulted in the loss of over 100 lives of the 813 passengers and crew on board STA at the time.

Categories: Asia, Oil, RORO, Philippines

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STOLT VALOR, off the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012

On 15th March 2012, STOLT VALOR carrying 13,000 tonnes of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) and 1,300 tonnes of isobutylaldehyde (IBAL) as well as 430 tonnes of Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO 380) as bunkers, suffered an explosion in international waters off Ras Tanura, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Categories: HNS, Chemical Tanker, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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ALFA 1, Greece, 2012

On 5th March 2012, the Greek tanker ALFA I (1,648 GT; built 1972) made contact with a submerged wreck in Elefsis Bay, Greece.

Categories: Oil, Europe, Oil Tanker, Compensation, Greece

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