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Enalios Thetis

Name
Enalios Thetis
Accident date
06/05/1999
Location
Italy
Accident area
Sarroch, Sardinia
Spill area
Port/harbour
Cause of spill
Loading/unloading
Nature of pollutant
Crude oil
Quantity spilled
55,650 litres
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
1979
Flag
Maltese

On 6 May 1999, during a loading operation onto the Maltese oil tanker Enalios Thetis, 55,650 litres of crude oil were spilt into the sea at Sarroch oil terminal (south of Sardinia).

Thirteen kilometres of shoreline were polluted due to the oil spill. Clean-up operations were carried out by teams from the Sarroch refinery, as well as by pollution response companies recruited by the shipowner. The use of dispersants and sorbents at sea remained limited. On the coast, pressure washing was the main technique used.

Sources :

  • IMO/UNEP/MAP/REMPEC, 2004, List of alerts and accidents in the Mediterranean
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, 2007, Review of the state-of-the-art on modeling interactions between spilled oil shorelines of the development of algorithms for oil spill risk analysis modeling
Last update: 02/09/2009