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Esso Bernicia

Nom
Esso Bernicia
Date de l'accident
30/12/1978
Lieu
Scotland
Zone du naufrage
Sullom Voe, Iles Shetlands
Zone du déversement
Offshore
Cause de l'accident
Collision
Nature polluant
Heavy fuel oil (IFO 380)
Type de navire / structure
Date de construction
1968
Longueur
0
Largeur
0
Tirant d'eau
0
Pavillon
British

On 30 December 1978, the British tanker the Esso Bernicia collided with the mooring jetty in Sullom Voe. She lost 1,100 tonnes of Bunker C in the incident. The very strong currents in the area dispersed the oil, moving it towards the neighbouring islands.
 
An considerable number of floating booms were used to protect the areas and to contain the oil. The use of skimmers was not possible because of the viscosity of the oil and of the low water depth.
 
Access to the polluted areas on the coastline was very difficult. As a result, manual cleaning was the only solution.

Last update on 02/06/2004
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