Case Studies

BALTIC CARRIER, off Denmark, 2001

BALTIC CARRIER, off Denmark, 2001

On 29th March 2001, the chemical/product tanker BALTIC CARRIER collided with the bulk carrier TERN in the Baltic Sea between Germany and Denmark, 30 NM north east of Rostock. Neither vessel sank, but approximately 2,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil was lost from BALTIC CARRIER’s cargo of some 30,000 tonnes.

Category: Denmark, Oil, Product Tanker, Europe

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NATUNA SEA, Indonesia/Singapore/Malaysia, 2000

NATUNA SEA, Indonesia/Singapore/Malaysia, 2000

Tanker NATUNA SEA (51,095 GT; built 1980) grounded in Indonesian waters in the Singapore Strait on 3rd October 2000. At the time of the incident, the vessel was laden with 70,000 tonnes of Nile Blend crude oil. The grounding damaged a number of cargo tanks and estimates put the spill size at about 7,000 tonnes based on ullage measurements. Following the lightering of the remaining cargo, the vessel was re-floated successfully on 12th October 2000.

Category: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Oil, Oil Tanker

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ERIKA, West of France, 1999

ERIKA, West of France, 1999

The Maltese tanker ERIKA, carrying some 31,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil as cargo, broke in two in a severe storm in the Bay of Biscay on 12th December 1999. About 20,000 tonnes of oil were spilled.

Category: France, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Disposal

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SEA EMPRESS, Wales, UK, 1996

SEA EMPRESS, Wales, UK, 1996

The oil tanker SEA EMPRESS, carrying 130,000 tonnes of Forties Blend North Sea crude oil, ran aground in the entrance to Milford Haven, South West Wales on the evening of 15th February 1996

Category: United Kingdom, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Dispersants

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SEKI, Fujairah, 1994

SEKI, Fujairah, 1994

On the 30th March 1994 the tanker BAYNUNAH collided with the tanker SEKI (153,506 GRT) off of the coast of Fujairah (United Arab Emirates) causing SEKI’s No. 1 port cargo wing tank to rupture. Although BAYNUNAH did not spill any oil as it was in ballast, SEKI was carrying 293,000 tonnes of Iranian light crude oil, of which 16,000 tonnes spilt subsequently into the Gulf of Oman.

Category: Oil, Oil Tanker, Asia

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BRAER, UK, 1993

BRAER, UK, 1993

Following engine failure, BRAER ran aground in severe weather conditions on Garth's Ness, Shetland on 5th January 1993.

Category: United Kingdom, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe

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AEGEAN SEA, Spain, 1992

AEGEAN SEA, Spain, 1992

On 3rd December 1992 the Greek OBO carrier AEGEAN SEA, laden with 80,000 tonnes of North Sea Brent crude oil, ran aground during heavy weather while approaching the port of La Coruña on the Galician coast, North West Spain.

Category: Spain, Oil, Bulk Carrier, Oil Tanker, Europe, Economic effects

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KATINA P, off Mozambique, 1992

KATINA P, off Mozambique, 1992

On 17th April 1992 the tanker KATINA P was disabled by a freak wave while transiting the Mozambique Channel. It was carrying 66,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil en-route from Venezuela to the United Arab Emirates. The vessel lost hull plating amidships resulting in a release of approximately 3,000 tonnes of cargo.

Category: Mozambique, Oil, Oil Tanker, Africa

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ABT SUMMER, off Angola, 1991

ABT SUMMER, off Angola, 1991

On 28th May 1991, ABT SUMMER, fully laden with a cargo of 260,000 tonnes of Iranian heavy crude oil, experienced an explosion and a fire about 900 miles off the coast of Angola.

Category: Algeria, Angola, Oil, Oil Tanker, Africa

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HAVEN, Italy, 1991

HAVEN, Italy, 1991

On 11th April 1991 the very large crude carrier HAVEN, with 144,000 tonnes of Iranian heavy crude oil onboard, suffered an explosion while anchored in Genoa Roads.

Category: Italy, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe

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