Paper presented at Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ) Oil Spill Symposium 97, 10-11 July 1997, Tokyo, Japan
The NAKHODKA oil spill was undoubtedly the most significant marine oil pollution incident to have occurred in 1997, and the most serious tanker spill ever in Japan. The oil spill response arrangements in Japan were tested to the limits, and it was not surprising that in some instances shortcomings and the need for improvements became apparent. The purpose of this paper is to review the incident in broad terms from the perspective of ITOPF, as technical advisers, and to identify the particular problems generated by the NAKHODKA oil spill, how they were tackled, and what improvements might be made for the future.
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