Case Studies

AMOCO CADIZ, France, 1978

The tanker AMOCO CADIZ ran aground off the coast of Brittany on 16th March 1978 following a steering gear failure. Over a period of two weeks the entire cargo of 223,000 tonnes of light Iranian and Arabian crude oil and 4,000 tonnes of bunker fuel was released into heavy seas.

Categories: France, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Environmental effects

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ECE, off Channel Islands, UK, 2006

On 31st January 2006, the Marshall Islands-registered chemical tanker, ECE was on a laden voyage from Safi, Morocco to Ghent, Belgium with a cargo of 10,361 tonnes of Phosphoric Acid when she collided with the bulk carrier GENERAL GROT-ROWECKI off Alderney, Channel Islands, UK.

Categories: United Kingdom, France, HNS, Chemical Tanker, Europe

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ERIKA, West of France, 1999

The Maltese tanker ERIKA, carrying some 31,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil as cargo, broke in two in a severe storm in the Bay of Biscay on 12th December 1999. About 20,000 tonnes of oil were spilled.

Categories: France, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Disposal

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PRESTIGE, Spain/France, 2002

On 13th November 2002, the tanker PRESTIGE (81,564 DWT), carrying a cargo of 77,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, suffered hull damage in heavy seas off northern Spain. She broke in two on 19 November and 63,000 tonnes of oil were estimated lost from the PRESTIGE.

Categories: France, Spain, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Economic effects

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ROKIA DELMAS, France, 2006

On 24th October 2006, the RO-RO vessel ROKIA DELMAS suffered engine failure in rough weather and ran aground on the approach to La Rochelle, immediately south of île de Ré, France.

Categories: France, Oil, RORO, Europe

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TANIO, France, 1980

On 7th March 1980 TANIO, carrying 26,000 tonnes of No. 6 fuel oil, broke in two during violent weather conditions off the coast of Brittany, France. As a result approximately 13,500 tonnes of cargo oil was spilled.

Categories: France, Oil, Oil Tanker, Europe, Economic effects

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TK BREMEN, France, 2011

On 16th December 2011, the general cargo ship TK BREMEN dragged anchor whilst in ballast under stormy conditions and sought shelter outside the port of Lorient. The vessel subsequently ran aground on the beach of Kerminihy, Erdeven, France resulting in a spillage of an estimated 70 tonnes of Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO) 180.

Categories: France, Oil, Bulk Carrier, Europe, Response Techniques

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