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Many call-outs

The contract portfolio exceeded the available capacities, in a year when the number of call-outs for spills was high, with:

  • the rupture of an oil storage tank in Gironde, France
  • the sinking of several vessels, including an oil tanker and a ship carrying a cargo of sulphur, in Kerch Strait (Black Sea) in a violent storm
  • the loss of containers from the container ship MSC Napoli, in difficulty in the Channel
  • the collision of the oil tanker Hebei Spirit in Korean waters.

In late 2007, the Board of Governors confirmed the choice of a new Director, the fifth, who was to take up post on 1st March 2008.

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