The shipping community has become accustomed to a reactive approach in which regulations are developed only after disasters occur. The history of international conventions and of regulations aimed at reducing oil pollution from ships is reviewed and it is pointed out that a change in approach, to preventive action, seems to be taking place. Given the worldwide strength of the so-called Green movement, it is forecast that national interpretations of international conventions will be far stricter, with the process already underway. The emphasis is not only on the prevention of tanker accidents and spills, but on the prevention of oil pollution from routine operations, such as from the cleaning of cargo residues.

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  • Accession Number: 00661218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM