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ITOPF promotes effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances. We are a not-for-profit organisation funded through the world's shipowners and their insurers to provide objective advice to minimise the impacts of marine spills.
ITOPF's technical staff have responded on-site to over 750 shipping incidents in 100 countries. We provide scientific and objective advice on clean-up measures, environmental and economic effects, and compensation.
These incidents involve crude oil from tankers and bunker fuel, chemicals and bulk cargoes from all types of ship. On occasion, we also give advice on oil spills from other potential sources of marine pollution, eg pipelines and offshore installations.
In addition to responding to spills, ITOPF also provides advice on physical damage to sensitive habitats, such as coral reefs, resulting from ship groundings.
On 11th August 2006, the tanker SOLAR 1, carrying approximately 2,000 tonnes of intermediate fuel oil, encountered problems in rough seas and sank in the Guimaras Straits.
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.