Magazine article Geographical

Cleaning Up Korea: Large-Scale Oil Spills Once Dominated Shipping Incidents, but Following a Five-Year Low in Tanker Accidents, Most of Today's Spills Are Small-Scale Releases Coming from Non-Tankers

Magazine article Geographical

Cleaning Up Korea: Large-Scale Oil Spills Once Dominated Shipping Incidents, but Following a Five-Year Low in Tanker Accidents, Most of Today's Spills Are Small-Scale Releases Coming from Non-Tankers

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'South Korea has been a country of particular focus for many years,' says Alex Hunt, Technical Team Manager with the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation, an organisation that provides support to national governments when dealing with oil spills in their respective territorial waters.

'The spills are due to the relatively high risk of shipping incidents, particularly in the Korea Strait where there are busy shipping lanes, and winter storms,' says Hunt.

ITOPF has attended 60 incidents in South Korea since 1980, including eight where more than 700 tonnes of oil was spilled. 'These spills involved a variety of different types of ship, including tankers, bulk carriers and container ships,' Hunt told Geographical.

ITOPF works in collaboration with the Korea Coast Guard on major incidents. 'The Coast Guard has gained a lot of experience in spill response after major incidents like the Sea Prince in 1995 and Hebei Spirit in 2007, and it has increased the number of specialised vessels and its stockpiles of equipment,' Hunt adds. …

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