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New Publications Available

A new edition of the ITOPF Handbook is now available for 2014/15. This contains a wealth of valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in spills of oil and chemicals from ships. It features information on ITOPF’s technical and information services, oil spill statistics, the fate and effects of marine oil spills, clean-up techniques, the organisation of spill response, contingency planning and compensation.

Copies will shortly be mailed to Members and other contacts and a PDF version is available for downloading from our publications page.

ITOPF’s Oil Tanker Spill Statistics 2013 published in January, is now available in Chinese. To download a PDF, please visit our Chinese publications page. 8th April 2014


ITOPF Film Trailer


New edition of Ocean Orbit Published

Ocean OrbitA new edition of ITOPF’s newsletter, Ocean Orbit, has just been published.  In this issue, we look at three very different incidents that occupied the technical team during 2013 and highlight other areas where we have been working with our Members and Associates. We provide an update on our activities in China and India, announce the launch of our new series of films on oil spill response and feature the latest recipients of the ITOPF R&D Award. Other topics covered include cargo liquefaction and response in the Arctic, as well as staff news.

Copies of the newsletter are available free from ITOPF (contact Terry Goodchild) or can be downloaded in PDF format from the Publications page of our website. 

If you would like to join the Ocean Orbit mailing list, please email Terry Goodchild, indicating your preference for an electronic or printed version or both. 3rd April 2014


Winner of 3rd ITOPF R&D Award Announced

We are pleased to announce that the beneficiary of the 3rd annual ITOPF R&D Award is the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the UK. The project is called ‘Factors Affecting Marine Emergency and Response Research’ (FAMERR).

The aim of the project is to determine realistic spill profiles for two chemicals, aniline and butyl acrylate, so as to improve decision-making for spills in different geographic areas and seasons. These chemicals have been chosen because they are transported in significant volume and have hazardous properties that could vary in different environmental conditions. The chemicals are also included as they build on prior work carried out as part of a larger, EU financed project called ARCOPOLplus and will strongly link to a complementary project called MERR (Marine Emergency Response Research) being funded by the UK government (Defra). The project is being undertaken by a UK scientific organisation working in partnership with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Kuwait University in order to gain a better understanding of the way in which salinity and temperature in UK waters and Persian Gulf waters affect the fate, behaviour and toxicity of spilled chemicals.

Dave Sheahan, Senior Chemical Risk Assessor (Cefas) commented, “This is a great opportunity for Cefas to work more closely with ITOPF. When marine spills occur they affect many stakeholders so the opportunity to link industry research funds with those of national and overseas governments towards a common goal is very welcome.”

More information on the ITOPF’s 2015 R&D Award can be found on our website: Potential candidates should not hesitate to contact us if they have any questions regarding the award or if you are unsure that your project will qualify by emailing us to April 2014


Euronav Chief becomes Chairman of ITOPF

Paddy RodgersITOPF is delighted to announce that Mr Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav will become ITOPF’s Chairman on 31st March, following Ms Hanne Sørensen’s move to Damco.

Mr Rodgers has extensive experience in law and shipping and has been with the independent tanker owner, Euronav, for almost 20 years, the last 13 as its CEO. In this position, Mr Rodgers is responsible for ensuring that Euronav’s modern fleet of FSOs, VLCCs, Suezmax vessels and a ULCC operate safely and with due regard to environmental protection.

Responding to his appointment, Mr Rodgers stated “it is an honour to accept this opportunity to be part of such an interesting and dynamic team. It is vital that the industry engages with ITOPF’s work not just financially but also with active support.”

31st March 2014


Oil Spill Response Ltd and ITOPF to co-host second seminar in India

Oil Spill Response Limited and ITOPF are co-hosting a forum to consider the latest review of India’s National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP) on Wednesday 19th March 2014 in Mumbai, with a particular focus on the potential option of forming an Indian Oil Spill Response Organisation (OSRO).

This seminar builds on a successful event held in November 2013 in New Delhi on government and industry collaboration, which will need to be at the heart of any future plans for an Indian OSRO. 

While the New Delhi seminar focused on response to oil spills at sea, this seminar will place particular emphasis on the approaches to coordination of the offshore and shoreline response operations.  Participation of members of Coastal Administrations would be particularly welcome.

Distinguished speakers have been invited to present from a variety of perspectives both Government and Industry including Deputy Inspector General AA Hebbar, TM Director (Environment), Indian Coast Guard who will lead the discussion relating to the latest review of India’s National Oil spill Disaster Contingency Plan.

Presentations Now Available - 21 March 2014

30th January 2014


Vacancy for Senior Technical Adviser at ITOPF

ITOPF is advertising the following vacancy:-





An international, not-for-profit organisation providing the maritime industry with objective technical advice, expertise, assistance and information on effective response to oil and chemical spills in the marine environment is seeking a new Senior Technical Adviser to join its small London-based team. ITOPF’s work is varied and challenging. It involves giving advice world-wide on the most appropriate methods for responding to oil and chemical spills from ships, minimising their impact on economic resources and the environment, and the provision of compensation. Further details of ITOPF’s activities can be found on the web site at

Given the senior role, ITOPF is only seeking applicants with a demonstrable track record of at least 5 years in responding to oil or chemical spills in the marine environment. Candidates will possess as a minimum a degree in a scientific, engineering or related discipline. Fluency in a language other than English would be a distinct advantage. The successful candidate must be willing to travel extensively, often at short notice, and be able to work under pressure. Good written and oral presentation skills, strong interpersonal abilities and computer literacy are all vital.

Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and include a generous benefits package.

If you feel you meet the above criteria and would like further details, please download an application form and send it to:

Carol Remnant,

ITOPF Limited, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1HQ

Tel: +44 (0)20 7566 6999 Fax: +44 (0)20 7566 6950


Closing date – February 28th 2014

22nd January 2014


ITOPF’s Technical Information Papers Now Available in Korean

Korean TIP front coverITOPF’s series of Technical Information Papers (TIPs), providing practical guidance on oil and chemical spill response in the marine environment, is now available in Korean.  

We are grateful to the Korean Coastguard (KCG) for their translation of the 17 papers, and to the Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM) and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) for their additional assistance.

The TIPs are based on the experience of ITOPF's technical staff at 700 pollution incidents worldwide, including over 50 in South Korea. They also reflect recent developments and technological advances in spill response.

Dr Karen Purnell, ITOPF’s Managing Director, commented “We are delighted that, with the kind support of KCG, ITOPF’s technical expertise can now reach a far wider audience in a country that has experienced many spills, including the largest tanker spill in recent years, the HEBEI SPIRIT.”

The new translations can be freely downloaded from the publications page of our website along with Chinese, Russian, French and English versions.  Spanish TIPs are due later this year.

View Korean publications page.

22nd January 2014


Downward trend in spills is maintained despite blip

Quantities of oil spilt > 7 tonnes

Quantities of oil spilt >7 tonnes (rounded to nearest thousand), 1970-2013

(Download a PDF of the graph)


ITOPF's tanker spill statistics released today showed a slight increase in the number of large spills from tankers in 2013 compared to the previous two years but the downward trend is maintained.

Although the volume of oil spilt is also up on the last two years, the total quantity spilt so far this decade is only a sixth of that spilt for the same period in the previous decade.

Three oil spills of 700 tonnes or more occurred last year with one incident accounting for the vast majority of the total. In October the MT YONG WIN 3 reportedly capsized and sank spilling an estimated 5,000 tonnes of diesel oil. Two other incidents resulted in a spill of about 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil and 800 tonnes of bitumen respectively. These incidents illustrate the unpredictability of spills and the importance of preparing to respond to the range of oils involved.

Further information is available on our statistics page.

14th January 2014



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