Case Studies

AGIP ABRUZZO, Italy, 1991

AGIP ABRUZZO, Italy, 1991

On the 10th April 1991, the ro-ro ferry MOBY PRINCE collided with the tanker AGIP ABRUZZO (98,544 GT; built 1977) in the Italian port of Livorno. AGIP ABRUZZO was carrying around 80,000 tonnes of Iranian light crude oil at the time. The collision caused serious damage to the starboard aft tanks, resulting in the release of ~2,000 tonnes of crude oil and an unknown amount of Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO) 380 bunkers.

Category: Italy, Oil, Tanker, Europe

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ARAGON, off Madeira, 1989

ARAGON, off Madeira, 1989

On the 29th December, 1989, whilst under tow following steering gear failure, the Spanish tanker ARAGON suffered heavy weather damage some 360 miles off the coast of Madeira. This resulted in the loss of about 25,000 tonnes of Mexican Maya crude from the No.1 centre tank.

Category: Portugal, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe

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KHARK 5, off Morocco, 1989

KHARK 5, off Morocco, 1989

On 19th December 1989, Iranian tanker KHARK 5, carrying 280,000 tonnes of Iranian heavy crude oil, was damaged in a storm, exploded and caught fire approximately 150 nautical miles off the coast of Morocco, north east of the Canary Islands.

Category: Morocco, Oil, Oil Tanker, Africa

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EXXON VALDEZ, Alaska, United States, 1989

EXXON VALDEZ, Alaska, United States, 1989

EXXON VALDEZ grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on 24th March 1989. About 37,000 tonnes of Alaska North Slope crude escaped into the Sound and spread widely.

Category: United States, Oil, Oil Tanker, Americas

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ODYSSEY, off Canada, 1988

ODYSSEY, off Canada, 1988

On November 10th 1988, the Liberian tanker ODYSSEY, almost fully loaded with a cargo of 132,157 tonnes of North Sea Brent crude oil, broke into two and sank in heavy weather in the North Atlantic 700 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Category: Canada, Oil, Oil Tanker, Americas

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NOVA, off Iran, 1985

NOVA, off Iran, 1985

On 6th December 1985 VLCC NOVA, carrying 188,000 tonnes of Iranian Light crude oil, collided with ULCC MAGNUM, in ballast, approximately in the Gulf of Iran. The collision damaged five cargo tanks on NOVA, resulting in a spill of approximately 70,000 tonnes.

Category: Iran, Oil, Oil Tanker, Asia

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CASTILLO DE BELLVER, South Africa, 1983

CASTILLO DE BELLVER, South Africa, 1983

CASTILLO DE BELLVER, carrying 252,000 tonnes of light crude oil caught fire about 70 miles north west of Cape Town, South Africa on 6th August 1983.

Category: South Africa, Oil, Oil Tanker, Africa

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TANIO, France, 1980

TANIO, France, 1980

On 7th March 1980 TANIO, carrying 26,000 tonnes of No. 6 fuel oil, broke in two during violent weather conditions off the coast of Brittany, France. As a result approximately 13,500 tonnes of cargo oil was spilled.

Category: France, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Economic effects

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INDEPENDENTA, Bosphorus, Turkey, 1979

INDEPENDENTA, Bosphorus, Turkey, 1979

On 15th November 1979, Romanian tanker INDEPENDENTA collided with the Greek cargo ship EVRIALI, off Haydarpasa at the entrance to the Bosphorus, in Turkey. A part of the cargo of 93,800 tonnes of Libyan Es Sider crude oil spilled and caught fire.

Category: Turkey, Oil, Oil Tanker, Asia

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ATLANTIC EMPRESS, West Indies, 1979

ATLANTIC EMPRESS, West Indies, 1979

On 19 July 1979 two fully loaded VLCCs (very large crude carriers), the ATLANTIC EMPRESS and AEGEAN CAPTAIN, were involved in a collision approximately 10 miles off Tobago during a tropical rainstorm. Both vessels began leaking oil immediately after the collision and both caught fire.

Category: West Indies, Oil, Oil Tanker, Americas

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