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 18 Technical Information Papers which are fully illustrated with photos and diagrams and are available in several languages. 


Compensation for Ship-source Marine Oil Spills

What legal arrangements and sources of compensation are available for a spill from a ship?

Disposal

What planning and waste management systems need to be put in place to reduce the volume of oily waste for treatment or disposal?

Environmental Effects

How does oil impact seabirds, plankton, sea mammals and the shoreline?  

HNS

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? 

Contingency & Response Planning

What information is needed for an effective oil spill contingency plan? How can aerial observation and protective strategies assist with response operations? 

Economic Effects

Which industries might suffer temporary economic losses and loss of market confidence?

Fate of Oil Spills

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? 

Response Techniques

What techniques are available for cleaning up oil at sea and on the shoreline?


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TIP 18: Ship groundings on coral reefs

TIP 18: Ship groundings on coral reefs

This paper describes the effects of groundings on coral reefs and provides guidance on response strategies to reduce the severity of damage, survey techniques and restoration measures.

: Technical Information Paper (TIPS)

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ITOPF Handbook

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

: Company literature

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Ocean Orbit

Ocean Orbit

An occasional newsletter launched in 1992, which reports on ITOPF activities and spill related issues.

: Company literature

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Oil Tanker Spill Statistics 2020

Oil Tanker Spill Statistics 2020

An annual publication providing data on accidental oil spills from tankers, combined carriers and barges since 1970, derived from ITOPF's database.

Category: Information Services, Company literature, Publications

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Annual Review

Annual Review

A review of ITOPF's activities during the past twelve months, including the Directors' Report and Accounts.

: Company literature

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ITOPF - Celebrating 50 years

ITOPF - Celebrating 50 years

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

: Company literature

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Recent marine ship source spills (2018)

Recent marine ship source spills (2018)

This presentation will explore some trends from these recent incidents and focus on a few key case studies (including the LADY TUNA incident in Turkey and AGIA ZONI II in Greece) to consider the main technical challenges and lessons learned.

: Papers

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Environmental damage compensation in China following ship-source oil spills (2018)

Environmental damage compensation in China following ship-source oil spills (2018)

This paper introduces the types of environmental damage claims typically presented following a substantial oil spill in China, and the basis for these damage claims. By discussing how these claims were quantified and eventually settled, this paper aims to illustrate how environmental damage has been interpreted in China, and how the concept has evolved over the years. This paper highlights a number of recent changes in legislation which can be expected to lead future discussion on environmental damage compensation into uncharted waters.

Category: Compensation, Papers

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Droning on: A review of UAV use in recent spills attended by ITOPF and considerations for the future (2018)

Droning on: A review of UAV use in recent spills attended by ITOPF and considerations for the future (2018)

This paper discusses the considerations for the use of UAVs at future oil spill incidents, based on its experience with other parties who have used the technology on site over a three year period, November 2014 to November 2017.

Category: Planning & operations, Papers

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Environmental damage: Changing perceptions and future outlook (2018)

Environmental damage: Changing perceptions and future outlook (2018)

Over the last fifty years, increased global awareness of environmental issues has led to growing recognition of environmental stewardship as an essential component of economic development.

Category: Environmental effects, Papers

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