oil spills

List of oil spills

This is a list of oil spills throughout the world.

One tonne of crude oil is roughly equal to 308 US gallons, or 7.33 barrels. The amounts shown are inexact.

Large

Oil spills of over 100,000 tonnes or 30 million US gallons, ordered by tonnes
Spill / Tanker Location Date Tons of crude oil link
Gulf War oil spill Persian Gulf January 23, 1991 780,000–1,500,000
Ixtoc I oil well Gulf of Mexico June 3, 1979 - March 23, 1980 454,000–480,000
Atlantic Empress / Aegean Captain Trinidad and Tobago July 19, 1979 287,000
Fergana Valley Uzbekistan March 2, 1992 285,000
Nowruz Field Platform Persian Gulf February 4, 1983 260,000
ABT Summer off Angola May 28, 1991 260,000
Castillo de Bellver Saldanha Bay, South Africa August 6, 1983 252,000
Amoco Cadiz Brittany, France March 16, 1978 223,000
MT Haven Mediterranean Sea near Genoa, Italy April 11, 1991 144,000
Odyssey off Nova Scotia, Canada November 10, 1988 132,000
Sea Star Gulf of Oman December 19, 1972 115,000
Torrey Canyon Scilly Isles, UK March 18, 1967 80,000–119,000
Irenes Serenade Navarino Bay, Greece 1980 100,000
Urquiola A Coruña, Spain May 12, 1976 100,000

Others

Incomplete list of other notable oil spills, ordered by date
Spill / Tanker Location Date Tonnes of crude oil link
2008 New Orleans oil spill Mississippi River, New Orleans, LA 23 July, 2008 283
Hebei Spirit oil spill Yellow Sea, South Korea 7 December, 2007 10,800
Kerch Strait Oil Spill Strait of Kerch, Ukraine and Russia November 11, 2007 1000
2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill San Francisco, CA November 7, 2007 188
Guimaras oil spill Philippines August 11, 2006 172–1540
Jiyeh power station oil spill Lebanon July 14, July 15, 2006 20,000–30,000
Citgo refinery Lake Charles, LA June 19, 2006 6,500 (approximately)
Prudhoe Bay Alaska North Slope March 2, 2006 866
MV Selendang Ayu Unalaska Island, Alaska, USA December 8, 2004 1560
Athos 1 Delaware River, USA November 26, 2004 860
Tasman Spirit Karachi, Pakistan July 28, 2003 28,000–30,000
Bouchard No. 120 Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, USA April 27, 2003 320
Prestige Galicia, Spain November 13, 2002 63,000
Limburg bombing Gulf of Aden October 6, 2002 12,200
Jessica Galapagos Islands January, 2001 568
Amorgos Oil Spill Southern coast of Taiwan January 14, 2001 1,150
Treasure Cape Town, South Africa June, 2000 1,400
(ruptured pipeline) Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro January, 2000 1,100
Erika Bay of Biscay, France December 12, 1999 15,000–25,000
Mobil Nigeria Oil Spill Nigeria January 12, 1998 5,500
Nakhodka Sea of Japan December, 1997 19,000
Julie N. Portland, Maine, USA September 27 1996 586
Sea Empress Wales, UK February 15, 1996 40,000–72,000
North Cape Rhode Island, USA January 19, 1996 2,500
Seki United Arab Emirates March 31, 1994 15,900
Braer Shetland Islands, UK January 5, 1993 85,000
Aegean Sea A Coruña, Spain December 3, 1992 74,000
Fergana Valley Uzbekistan March 2, 1992 285,000
Katina P Maputo, Mozambique 1992 72,000
Kirki tanker Pacific ocean, off the coast of West Australia July 21, 1991 17,280
Haven Tanker Mediterranean Sea near Genoa, Italy 1991 144,000
ABT Summer off Angola 1991 260,000
American Trader California, USA 1990 980
Mega Borg Gulf of Mexico, 57 miles southeast of Galveston Texas 1990 16,500
Exxon Valdez Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA March 24, 1989 37,000
Khark 5 off Atlantic coast of Morocco 1989 70,000–80,000
Ashland Oil Spill Floreffe, Pennsylvania, USA January 2 1988 10,000
Odyssey off Nova Scotia, Canada 1988 132,000
Grand Eagle Delaware River, Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, USA September 28, 1985 1400
Nova Off Kharg Island, Gulf of Iran 1985 70,000
Castillo de Bellver Saldanha Bay, South Africa August 6, 1983 252,000
Nowruz oil field Persian Gulf February, 1983 260,000
Irenes Serenade Navarino Bay, Greece 1980 100,000
Tanio Brittany, France 7 March, 1980 13,500
Burmah Agate Galveston Bay, Texas, USA November 1, 1979 8,440
Atlantic Empress / Aegean Captain Trinidad and Tobago July 19, 1979 287,000
World Glory South Africa January 8, 1979 ?
MT Independenţa Bosphorus, Turkey November 15, 1979 95,000
Amoco Cadiz Brittany, France March 16, 1978 227,000
Ekofisk oil field North Sea April 22, 1977 81,000
Hawaiian Patriot off Honolulu, Hawaii February 26, 1977 95,000
Argo Merchant Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA December 15, 1976 25,000 - 28,000
Urquiola A Coruña, Spain May 12, 1976 100,000
Corinthos Delaware River, Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, USA January 31, 1975 35,700
Jakob Maersk Oporto, Portugal January 29, 1975 88,000
Metula Strait of Magellan, Chile 9 August, 1974 50,000-51,000
Sea Star Gulf of Oman December 19, 1972 115,000
Othello Tralhavet Bay, Sweden March 20, 1970 50,000–60,000
Keo Massachusetts, USA November 5, 1969 ?
(storage tank) Sewaren, New Jersey, USA November 4, 1969 ?
1969 Santa Barbara oil spill Santa Barbara, California January 28, 1969 10,000-14,000
Betelgeuse Bantry Bay, Ireland June 13, 1968 64,000
Torrey Canyon Scilly Isles, UK March 18, 1967 80,000–119,000
African Queen Ocean City, Maryland December 30, 1958 ?
Greenpoint, Brooklyn Oil Spill Newtown Creek, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, USA 1940s and 1950s 55,200–97,400

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