The Author discusses the operational as opposed to accidental pollution of the sea by oil. The expanding nature of the problem of oil pollution came into prominence with the great increase in the volume of crude oil carried from the 1950s onward, and the increase in potential of any single incident escalating with the rapid growth in size and number of VLCCs from 1965 onward. Later the increasing interest in marine ecology and growing number of chemical tankers being built just before and after 1970 suggested that a review of the substances that found their way into the sea from ships was required, coupled with ways and means by which such release could be restricted as far as practicable to levels which would have no lasting effect on the marine environment or its ecology. The international agreements in force in the mid 1960s were based on the International Conferences on Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil, 1954 and 1962, and these regulations are reviewed together with the 1969 amendments. Finally the requirements of the 1973 Conference on Marine Pollution are considered, including treatment of discharge oil from machinery spaces and discharge from oil-fuel water ballast spaces, and the availability and use of equipment for minimising oil discharge. Order from BSRA as No. 52,738.

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  • Accession Number: 00315004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM