Recent Case Studies

This section contains summaries of 44 major oil spills from 1967 to the present day, looking at the incident, response, our involvement together with selected bibliographies and web links, where available.

Below shows the five most recent profiles, to access the full list of case histories please use the link below, search using the filter on the right hand side or use the interactive map. 

GIS Case Studies

Five most recent case studies:

SILVER, Morocco, 2013

On 23rd December 2013, after encountering heavy weather, the chemical and product tanker SILVER grounded on a sandbank off the coast of Tan-Tan in South Morocco while entering the port of El Ouatia. The vessel was carrying 4,940 tonnes of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) 380 as cargo, 190 tonnes of HFO 380 as bunker fuel and 24 tonnes of Marine Gas Oil (MGO).

Categories: Morocco, Oil, Product Tanker, Africa

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OLIVA, Tristan da Cunha, 2011

In the early hours of 16th March 2011, bulk carrier OLIVA while on transit from Brazil to Singapore grounded on Nightingale Island, which is part of the Tristan da Cunha Island group in the South Atlantic.

Categories: United Kingdom, Oil, Bulk Carrier, Africa, Environmental effects

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KATINA P, off Mozambique, 1992

On 17th April 1992 the tanker KATINA P was disabled by a freak wave while transiting the Mozambique Channel. It was carrying 66,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil en-route from Venezuela to the United Arab Emirates. The vessel lost hull plating amidships resulting in a release of approximately 3,000 tonnes of cargo.

Categories: Mozambique, Oil, Oil Tanker, Africa

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ABT SUMMER, off Angola, 1991

On 28th May 1991, ABT SUMMER, fully laden with a cargo of 260,000 tonnes of Iranian heavy crude oil, experienced an explosion and a fire about 900 miles off the coast of Angola.

Categories: Angola, Oil, Oil Tanker, Africa

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KHARK 5, off Morocco, 1989

On 19th December 1989, Iranian tanker KHARK 5, carrying 280,000 tonnes of Iranian heavy crude oil, was damaged in a storm, exploded and caught fire approximately 150 nautical miles off the coast of Morocco, north east of the Canary Islands.

Categories: Morocco, Oil, Oil Tanker, Africa

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