This section contains summaries of major spills from 1967 to the present day, looking at the incident, response, our involvement together with selected bibliographies and web links, where available.
ARGO MERCHANT, United States, 1976
ARGO MERCHANT ran aground on Nantucket Shoals, off Massachusetts, USA, on 15th December 1976, and over the next month spilled her entire cargo (28,000 tonnes) of Venezuelan No 6 fuel oil and cutter stock.
Categories: United States, Oil, Oil Tanker, Americas, Environmental effects
URQUIOLA, Spain, 1976
On 12th May 1976 the tanker URQUIOLA struck bottom on entering the port of La Coruña and began leaking oil. It was estimated that 100,000 tonnes of Arabian Light crude oil was spilt during this incident.
Categories: Spain, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Dispersants
JAKOB MAERSK, Leixoes, Portugal, 1975
On 29th January 1975 the Danish tanker JAKOB MAERSK struck bottom while manoeuvring onto the berth with the aid of tugs at the port of Leixoes, northern Portugal. It was carrying ~88,000 tonnes of oil, comprising Iranian light crude oil cargo and bunker fuel oil when the incident occurred.
Categories: Portugal, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe
METULA, Chile, 1974
METULA grounded in the eastern Strait of Magellan, on 9th August 1974. Around 47,000 tonnes of light Arabian crude oil and 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil are estimated to be have been lost.
Categories: Chile, Oil, Oil Tanker, Americas, Fate of Oil Spills, Environmental effects
SEA STAR, Gulf of Oman, 1972
The South Korean tanker SEA STAR was on voyage from Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when it collided with the Brazilian tanker HORTA BARBOSA in the Gulf of Oman on 19th December 1972.
Categories: Oman, Oil, Oil Tanker, Asia
TORREY CANYON, United Kingdom, 1967
TORREY CANYON ran aground on Pollard Rock on the Seven Stones Reef, near Lands End, Cornwall on 18th March 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.
Categories: United Kingdom, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Environmental effects