Here’s a List of Major Oil Tanker Spills Since 1970

Smoke and fire is seen from Panama-registered tanker SANCHI carrying Iranian oil after it collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea, in this still image taken from a January 7, 2018 video. China Central Television (CCTV) via REUTERS TV 

ReutersBEIJING, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A tanker carrying Iranian oil and run by the country’s top oil shipping operator was ablaze and spewing cargo into the East China Sea on Sunday after colliding with a Chinese bulk ship, leaving its 32 crew members missing.

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The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra light crude. That is equivalent to just under 1 million barrels.

The damage and volume of oil spilled are not yet known.

Tanker incidents causing large oil spills – greater than 700 tonnes – have steadily reduced from an average 24.5 a year in the 1970s to 1.7 on average per year since 2010, according to the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF).

Below is a list of the major oil tanker spills since 1970 from ITOPF’s database:

2007: Hebei Spirit off South Korea – 11,000 tonnes

2002: Prestige off Spain – 63,000 tonnes

1999: Erika off France – 20,000 tonnes

1996: Sea Empress off Wales, United Kingdom – 72,000 tonnes

1991: ABT Summer off Angola – 260,000 tonnes

1989: Khark 5 off Morocco – 70,000 tonnes

Exxon Valdez, Alaska – 37,000 tonnes

1983: Castillo de Bellver off South Africa – 252,000 tonnes

1979: Atlantic Empress in the Caribbean – 287,000 tonnes

The tonnages include all oil lost, including product which burnt or remained in a sunken vessel.

(Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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