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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The oil spill response to the Sea Diamond incident (2009)

In April 2007 the 1500 passenger cruise ship SEA DIAMOND was involved in a tragic incident which resulted in the loss of two lives and the sinking of the vessel near the Greek island of Santorini.

Categories: Papers , Spill Response

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The NAKHODKA oil spill response - The Technical Adviser's perspective (1997)

The NAKHODKA oil spill was undoubtedly the most significant marine oil pollution incident to have occurred in 1997, and the most serious tanker spill ever in Japan.

Categories: Papers , Spill Response

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SEA DIAMOND 3 years on... Dealing with continual leakage from sunken wrecks (2010)

In April, 2007 the cruise ship SEA DIAMOND ran aground and sank off the Greek island of Santorini.The following paper picks up the story, 3 years on, looks at the current situation, compares it in a qualitative way to other cases around the world, and reviews some of the options that have been suggested in different quarters.

Categories: Papers , Spill Response

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Responding to spills in remote locations (2012)

Over the years, ITOPF has regularly attended incidents in relatively remote locations with limited response capacities and/or limited contingency planning arrangements in place.

Categories: Papers , Response Techniques, Planning & operations, Spill Response

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Responding to containership incidents (2012)

The aim of this paper is to highlight the common challenges that have arisen following serious containership incidents, focusing largely on the MSC CHITRA incident response in India, in order to encourage preparedness and planning for other such events.

Categories: Papers , Container Ship, Spill Response

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Oil Spill Compensation - A Guide to the International Conventions on Liability and Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (2007)

A joint ITOPF / IPIECA briefing guide to the International Conventions on Liability and Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, applicable to spills of persistent oil from tankers.

Categories: Good Practice Guides

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Oil Tanker Spill Statistics 2017

An annual publication providing data on accidental oil spills from tankers, combined carriers and barges since 1970, derived from ITOPF's database.

Categories: Company literature , Publications , Information Services

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ITOPF Handbook

First produced in 1997, the ITOPF Handbook contains a wealth of valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in spills of oil and chemicals from ships

Categories: Company literature

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Annual Review

A review of ITOPF's activities during the past twelve months, including the Directors' Report and Accounts.

Categories: Company literature

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Ocean Orbit

An occasional newsletter launched in 1992, which reports on ITOPF activities and spill related issues.

Categories: Company literature

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