The Culprits of Oil Spill Disasters
It is mid-January 1991; the oil valves and pipelines have discreetly been spilling into the Arabian Gulf. In May that year, an alleged estimate of ten million barrels of oil and over eighty sunken wrecked ships polluted the area.
Until this day, the gulf incident remains to be the worst oil spill in history.
Although many lost fleets reside in the seabed of oceans, the shipping and energy industries pose a daily threat to our blue planet.
The below statistics and figures summarized from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited’s database show the frequency and amount of oil tanker spills over time.
Source: International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation
We can infer from the numbers above, that one incident can leave substantial damages behind, and that the diminished frequency of oil spills demonstrates better vessel management.
The economic distress and damaged ecosystem at the time of such losses