Number of oil tanker spills in 2019 the lowest in 50 yearsChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 21, 2020
The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) issued its oil spill statistics, noting a continuing decrease at the frequency of oil spills from tankers.
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The average number of spills of 7 tonnes or more in the 1970s was about 79 per year and has now decreased by over 90% to a low of six.
Similarly, there has been a significant reduction in the quantity of oil spilled through the decades.
The total amount spilled per decade has reduced by about 95% since the 1970s.
In 2019, one large spill (>700 tonnes) and two medium spills (7–700 tonnes) were reported.
Three spills, of size 7 tonnes or more, is the lowest recorded for any particular year in the last five decades.
The estimated total amount of oil lost to the environment through tanker incidents in 2019 was approximately 1,000 tonnes. ■