In Action

ITOPF's technical staff have responded on-site to 800 shipping incidents in 100 countries. We provide scientific and objective advice on clean-up measures, environmental and economic effects, and compensation.

These incidents involve crude oil from tankers and bunker fuel, chemicals and bulk cargoes from all types of ship. On occasion, we also give advice on oil spills from other potential sources of marine pollution, eg pipelines and offshore installations.

In addition to responding to spills, ITOPF also provides advice on physical damage to sensitive habitats, such as coral reefs, resulting from ship groundings.

Emergency Protocol

Emergency procedures for calling out ITOPF in the event of a spill of oil or hazardous substance in the marine environment.

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R&D Award

How to apply for ITOPF’s £75,000 annual award for research & development into issues related to accidental marine pollution. 

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Government Partnerships

ITOPF’s work with governments and intergovernmental organisations to promote effective response.

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Staff Profiles

Explore the skills and experience of the ITOPF team.

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Key Services

ITOPF promotes effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances by providing five core services.

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Behind The Scenes

Out and about with ITOPF’s technical team and activities in the office.

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Case studies

Case study - Solar 1

SOLAR 1, Philippines, 2006

On 11th August 2006, the tanker SOLAR 1, carrying approximately 2,000 tonnes of intermediate fuel oil, encountered problems in rough seas and sank in the Guimaras Straits.

Case study - Torrey Canyon

TORREY CANYON, United Kingdom, 1967

Thousands of tonnes of oil were soon spilling from the stricken vessel's ruptured tanks and during the next 12 days the entire cargo of approximately 119,000 tonnes of Kuwait crude oil was lost.

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