Problem

The majority of spills occure during operational procedures (loading/discharging tanker cargo and bunkering) in ports or at terminals. These spills are however often small. Accidents such as grounding, collision, hull failures and fire/explosions generally cause much larger spills. Pollution may also occur in connection with pumping of of bilges, discharge of garbage/sewage and ballast operations.

Facts and Findings

Preventive measures

  Oily water separators - the deficiencies are simple to correct 

  The marine world continues its campaign

  Shipping industry guidance on the use of Oil Water Separators, ensuring compliance with MARPOL

  Oily water Separator (OWS) & Oil record books (ORB), 

  Criminal investigations cast an even darker shadow 

  Ballast water management methods - Environmentally & user friendly by birth

  Any ship carrying ballast water is a potential invasion source!