Intertanko: Tanker Accidents Down From 1990

Friday, July 06, 2001
The tanker industry recorded 42 shipping accidents in the first half to 2001, over half of which involved collision, fire or explosion and a quarter resulted in pollution, the tanker federation Intertanko said this week.

"While naturally concerned over the 42 incidents, some small satisfaction is taken from the knowledge that the figures for the last six months continued to follow the downward trend of the last few years," Intertanko officials said.

Of the 42 incidents this year that Intertanko compiled from Lloyds casualty reports, 12 were collisions, 11 were fires or explosions and nine were groundings.

Fires and explosions have accounted for just eight percent of incidents over the last 22 years, according to Intertanko figures, so the 11 incidents reported in the first half is an unusually high proportion.

The most recent tanker explosion was the Heng San on June 12, which sank killing four after an immense explosion ripped through its cargo tanks. There were 41 fatalities in the first half of the year, of which 11 occurred when the Kristal broke apart in heavy seas off Spain in February.

Pollution was caused by 12 of the incidents, the most serious of which was the 2,000 tons of fuel oil spilt when the tanker Baltic Carrier collided with a freighter off the Danish coast in March.

Tanker accidents have been steadily declining over the last decade, according to Intertanko figures. In 1990, 955 incidents resulted in 49 cases of oil pollution, but last year just 201 incidents occurred 33 of which resulted in pollution.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Idling Fleet Continues to Surge

Owners are rapidly laying up containerships as the market slows. The size of the idle fleet will get bigger while rates and profits slide, says Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited.

Egypt to Complete East Port Said Side Channel in 2016

Egypt plans to complete a side channel in East Port Said, near the Suez Canal, that would speed up shipping and allow ships direct entry into the port by the end of June 2016,

Concordia Maritime Charters MR Tanker

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the charter of an IMO2/3 class MR tanker, the company announced today. The vessel will be chartered jointly with Stena Weco,

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0883 sec (11 req/sec)