More tanker ‘incidents’ during first half 2006 – but mainly involving small tankers and little significant pollution

 

Tanker incidents 2006

Type cause

Total

%

Built

Total

%

dwt range

Total

%

Collision

46

36%

Unknown

7

6%

Below 10,000

65

51%

Grounding

22

17%

1970s

13

10%

10-29,999

16

13%

Fire/Explosion

11

9%

1980s

36

28%

30-99,999

34

27%

Hull and machinery

27

21%

1990s

41

32%

100,000+

13

10%

Misc

21

17%

2000s

31

24%

 

 

 

Hostilties

1

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

128

100%

Total

128

100%

Total

128

100%

The number of reported tanker incidents has been relatively high during the first half of 2006, but virtually the whole increase can be attributed to tankers below 10,000 dwt, which are normally not involved in international trade. The total number of incidents in 2005 was 161 and the total in 2004 was 140. Several of the incidents are very small and the increased number could be due to more judicial reporting and better transparency. This was the case after OPA90 when the amount of reported oil spill fell drastically, but the number of reported oil spills increased. 

Tanker incidents

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

1st half year

66

81

63

65

128

Total year

149

131

140

161

NA

Below 10,00 dwt

56

34

32

69

69

Collisions have increased their share from some 30% in 2004, 33% in 2005 to 36% during the first part of 2006. 

The only significant pollution incident reported involved a crude oil tanker, the 96,967 dwt Grigoroussa I built in 1987, which lost 3,000 tons of heavy fuel in the Suez Canal in February after contact with a quay caused a leak. The vessel was travelling southwards from the Mediterranean and contacted a quay on the canal's western bank. Approximately 3,000 of the 58,000 tons of heavy fuel the tanker was carrying towards the Red Sea leaked into canal waters. The second biggest pollution incident reported involved Lpg Sigmagas (holed in bulbous bow) and Happy Bride (holed on port side) with approximately 60 tons of fuel oil lost. Thirdly, 15 tonnes of fuel oil leaked from the 2,988 dwt product tanker C.P. during a loading operation. 

There were six incidents reported involving fatalities or missing persons – 22 people in total. A collision between a tanker and a trawler left five of the crew of the trawler reported missing; a collision between a small Greek tanker and a Turkish general cargo left one reported killed and six missing; three crewmen on a Japanese-flag small chemical tanker died after an accident in which they were overcome by benzene fumes during tank cleaning operations; two men were killed after an explosion onboard a 14,494 dwt Bangadeshi tanker in June; one member of the crew was missing after an explosion in a tank on a suezmax in the South China Sea in June. 

Contact: Erik Ranheim