Maritime & Coastguard Agency releases Protection of the Sea reportPublications // December 20, 2002
This report compiled annually by the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea (ACOPS) has shown that both the number of incidents of pollution from vessels has reduced as has the amount of oil released into the sea.
Following analysis of 1,616 incident reports, 678 accidental or deliberate polluting discharges were identified from vessels and offshore installations operating in the United Kingdom Pollution Control Zone and national waters. This is a reduction of 8.7per cent over the previous year's total of 743 discharges.
Offshore oil & gas installations were identified as the source of 71 per cent of the confirmed discharges. The statistics for fishing vessels, general cargo vessels, oil & chemical tankers and offshore support vessels were 11, 5, 4 and 2 per cent respectively. Comparisons between the 2000 and 2001 statistics showed marked reductions in the numbers and proportions of discharges attributed to tankers and non-tanker vessels.