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Phillips Oklahoma

Phillips Oklahoma
Accident date
North Sea
Accident area
11 km from Humber estuary
Spill area
Cause of spill
Nature of pollutant
crude oil
Quantity spilled
800 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
Maltese Phillips Petroleum

On 17 September 1989 during the night, the Liberian tanker Phillips Oklahoma ran into the Maltese ship Fiona. The latter was anchored when the incident occurred. The tanker caught fire after the collision.

More than 800 tonnes of crude oil were spilled in the incident. Luckily, the oil drifted away from the coast with the wind. There was no pollution on the shoreline.

Response operations lasted two days. They involved aerial spraying of dispersants. Some of the oil was also lost by burning, evaporation and natural dispersion.

Total costs for cleaning operation amounted to $ 267,000 (€ 219 500).


- SCHIDT ETKIN, Dagmar, Dr, Financial Costs of Oil Spills Worldwide, Cutter Information Corp. (publisher of the weekly Oil Spill Intelligence Report newsletter), 1998
- CD Rom: International Oil Spill Conference, Proceedings: Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Restoration – Perspectives for a Cleaner Environment, Vancouver, April 6-11, 2003

Last update on 02/06/2004
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