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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ITOPF - Celebrating 50 years

A commemorative publication tracing the history of ITOPF over the past 50 years.

Categories: Document Type, Company literature

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ITOPF Technical Services Brochure

A six page brochure providing an introduction to ITOPF and the services we provide

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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.

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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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