Incidents involving oil spills from tankers are now at a five-year low, as shown by figures from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF).
This comes as a testament to the ongoing commitment from industry and governments to maintain high standards of operations in sea-borne transportation.
The ITOPF reported that for the last two and a half decades the average number of incidents involving oil spills from tankers has progressively halved, with the current figures showing the lowest yet, at less than two per year.
During 2014 the ITOPF recorded one large spill of bitumen (~3,000 MT) from a tanker in the South China Sea, and four medium spills of various oil types, totalling five spills of seven tonnes and over.
A number of tanker incidents reported in the media in 2014 involved fire and explosion, where potentially significant quantities of cargoes and bunker fuel burned. The cargoes involved included condensate, diesels and fuel oils.