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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Liability and compensation for ship-source oil pollution in the marine environment. An overview (2021)

Liability and compensation for ship-source oil pollution in the marine environment. An overview (2021)

This booklet, written together with the International Group of P&I Clubs and the IOPC Funds, provides an overview of the international, and selected national, arrangements in place for compensation of costs arising from pollution damage caused by oil spills from ships in the marine environment, and some background on ‘who pays’.

Categories: Compensation, Papers

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To carry or not to carry? Onboard spill response equipment - Is it practicable? (2021)

To carry or not to carry? Onboard spill response equipment - Is it practicable? (2021)

The question as to whether oil tankers should carry oil spill response equipment onboard has been the subject of debate for many years. This paper focuses on the carriage and deployment of pollution response equipment from oil tankers. Nonetheless, many of the factors discussed can apply equally to the carriage of such equipment on the myriad other types of vessels trading commercially.

Categories: Response Techniques, Planning & operations, Papers

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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.

Category: Company literature

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The pollution risk from mega boxships (2019)

The pollution risk from mega boxships (2019)

A mega box ship has an environmental risk commensurate with its size. Following an incident, the pollution response would need to match.

Categories: Planning & operations, Papers

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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.

Category: 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

Category: 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.

Category: 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.

Categories: Information Services, Company literature, Publications

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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.

Category: 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.

Category: Papers

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