10/26/2001 Incident du Kella-Lee :  Alors qu’il rentre des lieux de pêche, le Kella-Lee rencontre une mer agitée au large de Cape Scott (Colombie-Britannique), il se met progressivement à prendre l’eau et coule. La mission de sauvetage est dirigée par le NGCC John P. Tully.

January            14 - TAIWAN - Taiwan is racing against time to avert an  ecological            disaster and a major setback to its tourism industry,  following the            island's worst oil spill. Some 1,150 tonnes of fuel oil gushed  out of            a Greece-registered ship carrying 60,000 tonnes of iron ore,  after it            ran aground off the Kenting National Park. Marine mammals in  the area,            such as dolphins, are highly endangered by the spill. The  crisis also            threatens the operation of a nearby nuclear power plant, and  risks cross-strait            disputes if the spillage spreads to the Chinese coast.

January  15 -            NORWAY - One of the largest oil spills ever from a land  based oil            storage facility in Norway, was detected when at least 750  tons of sludge            had leaked from Norcem's facilities at Brevik. By the  afternoon, some            100 tons had been recovered within the containment area around  the tank,            whilst another 190 tons had been recovered from the sea. The  recovery            operations are continuing, under close scrutiny from the  Norwegian Pollution            Control Authority.

January  16 -            ECUADOR - A boat carrying fuel to Ecuador's Galapagos  Islands is            leaking oil into the ecologically sensitive waters near the  famous islands.            The boat, named "Jessica", was carrying 160,000 gallons of            diesel and about 80,000 gallons of IFO 120.The spill has  already affected            animals including sea lions and pelicans, and volunteers are  on standby            to clean up and rescue them. Source Wikipédia org

February 16 - INDONESIA - The Coast Guard authorities  are working            to re-float an oil tanker that ran aground in rough seas off  Indonesia's            Java island. The Honduras-registered Steadfast partially sank  in shallow            waters, when it was battered by massive waves and winds off  Tegal, some            250 km east of Jakarta. Roughly 40 per cent of an estimated  800 tonnes            of sump oil had leaked from the ship and reached the shore,  and a joint            clean-up operation involving local vessels, Coast Guard and  police authorities            is underway.
 

March  20 - BRAZIL - Up to 316,000 gallons of diesel has leaked after the world's  largest            offshore platform sank five days after a failed rescue effort.  A huge            diesel slick appeared on the surface when the platform sank to  bottom            of the ocean floor, almost a mile down. This was just another  in a series            of oil spills that have plagued the state owned Petrobras in  recent            months.

March 25 - DENMARK - More than 764,000 gallons of oil  spilled            after a double-hulled tanker carrying 9.7 million gallons of  oil, and            a freighter crashed in international waters between eastern  Denmark            and northwest Germany. A slick about 9.3 miles long and  161/2-feet wide            slipped into the narrow Groensund strait between the Danish  islands            of Moen, Bogoe and Falster, while the bulk of the oil remained  in the            Baltic Sea off southern Denmark. As ships from three countries  worked            to contain the oil spill, an international conservation group  said that            a sanctuary home to thousands of ducks, swans and other water  fowl was            under threat by the oil slick, the largest ever in Denmark.

April 6 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Workers have started  to clean            a 12-kilometer-radius oil spill reaching the reserved island  of Sir            Bou Neair, about 70 nautical miles off the coast of the  Emirate of Sharjah.            The spill was caused by the Iraqi fuel tanker Zainab,  suspected of smuggling            around 1,300 tonnes of fuel oil from Iraq, as it ran into  trouble on            its way to a holding area in international waters. The emirate  of Sharjah            said it had temporarily shut down a desalination plant as a  precautionary            measure, after the spill neared pumping stations. The spill is  said            to be the emirate's worst environmental disaster in years.

May 24 - BRAZIL
- Petrobras, infamous for a series of  spills over            the past two years, shut 12 oil rigs, responsible for nearly 9  percent            of Brazil's oil output, Thursday night after detecting an oil  slick            on the ocean surface. There were two oil slicks some 90 km off  the coast,            one of approximately 110,000 liters and another of some 10,000  liters            of crude. The source of the spill has yet to be determined,  but officials            are ruling out any relation to the huge oil rig that sank in  March.

May 25 - CHILE - An oil tanker that ran aground in a  remote southern            Chilean fjord has spilled some 350,528 litres of crude,  leaving an oil            slick 70 miles (112 km) long and damaging wildlife and a  salmon farm,            the Chilean Navy has admitted. Maritime authorities initially  dismissed            the incident, saying the leak had been negligible and had  caused no            damage to the environment. But the Navy later admitted the  spill was            worse than initially announced.

May 28 - MALAYSIA - An oil tanker with some 67 tonnes  of fuel,            including diesel and 1,500 tonnes of bitumen, sunk after it  was crashed            from behind by a super tanker about 7.5 nautical miles off  Pulau Undan,            near Malacca. Officials said the crash caused MT Singapura  Timur to            take in water, and remained half-submerged in the sea floating  southwards.            Diesel and bitumen have started to spill into the sea, and is  spreading            to about one nautical mile from the collision spot.

May 30 - BRAZIL
- Oil giant Petrobras said a break in its  Paulinia            pipeline dumped 220,000 liters of fuel oil in a residential  neighborhood.            The spill, which occurred 30 kilometers from the city of Sao  Paulo,            follows two unexplained and unclaimed oil spills in the Campos  Basin            off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.

May 30 - CHINA - Chinese environmental experts are  struggling            to contain damage from toxic styrene which leaked from a ship,  and fishermen            along the eastern coast fear their livelihoods could be  threatened for            years to come. About 700 tonnes of the chemical, which is  poisonous            to humans, seeped into the waters near Shanghai after a South  Korean            vessel collided with a Hong Kong. State media said the South  Korean            freighter Dayong was carrying nearly 2,300 tonnes of styrene  when it            collided with the Hong Kong vessel in dense fog at the mouth  of the            Yangtze River, near Jigujiao.

June 10 - PHILIPPINES - An oil spill in Cavite is  threatening            to contaminate Laguna de Bay, caused by a bursting oil  pipeline of an            industrial and electronics firm at the People’s Technological  Complex            in Barangay Maduya, Carmona town. The oil spill has already  affected            a six-kilometer stretch of Carmona-Biñan River, just a few  kilometers            away from the Laguna Bay. Aside from the affected river, the  spilling            bunker oil and industrial fuel oil also affected land base  areas surrounding            the firm.

June 13 - MALAYSIA - An Indonesian tanker laden with a  toxic            chemical has capsized off Malaysia's southern Johor state,  just across            from Singapore. The 533 ton MV Endah Lestari was on its way to  East            Kalimantan in Indonesia with some 600 tonnes of the poisonous  industrial            chemical phenol, and 18 tonnes of diesel. Newspaper reports  said the            toxic spill had killed thousands of fish and cockles reared in  85 offshore            cages, and Singapore authorities have also warned its citizens  to stay            away from nearby waters. Officials said it would be tough to  mop up            the phenol, as it is soluble in water.

August 4 - USA - A fishing vessel that has sunk and is  leaking            diesel fuel has caused the biggest spill in Alaska's Prince  William            Sound since the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, posing a threat to  the area's            wildlife. The Seattle-based Windy Bay was loaded with about  35,000 gallons            (133,000 liters) of diesel fuel when it struck a rock and sank  in the            northern part of the sound about 40 miles (65 km) southwest of  the port            of Valdez. Just how much leaked was unknown, but diesel fuel  leaking            from the ship has created a sheen covering 4 square miles (10  sq km),            and cleanup crews has recovered about 9,700 gallons (36,800  liters).         

August 10 - MICRONESIA - A sunken World War II ship has  been            gushing 300 to 500 gallons of oil per hour into the Ulithi  Atoll lagoon.            The cause of the spill is the USS Mississinewa, a 553-foot  Navy oiler            sunk in 1944 by a one-man Japanese suicide submarine. Yap  State officials            said the state's governor has declared a state of emergency  for Ulithi            and advised the 700 people who live on the atoll not to swim  or fish            in the lagoon. Questions have been raised who should bear the  responsibility            for taking relevant action, with focus on getting  international assistance            to clean-up and minimize the environmental and ecological  impacts.

September 7 - VIETNAM - Local residents in small boats  used buckets            to try to collect thousands of tons of oil from a damaged oil  tanker            and save the nearby beach resort of Vung Tau, after The  Vietnamese Petrolimex            01 tanker, carrying 19,000 tons of diesel oil, was hit by a  Liberian-registered            oil tanker. But wind and waves drove much of the spilled oil  to the            beach, which normally attracts thousands of vacationers a day.

September 22 - USA - An oil spill caused by a collision  between            a ship and a barge closed the ship channel servicing the  nation's second            largest port. The fuel oil spill occurred at Barbour's Cut in  La Porte,            Texas, and some 860 barrels of fuel oil leaked into the  channel. About            18,000 feet of boom were set up to contain the oil, and  skimmers were            removing it. Containment and cleanup operations involved more  than 70            people.

October 4 - USA - Crews were slowed by explosive vapors  as they            tried to plug a leak in the trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline that  spewed nearly            300,000 gallons of oil into the wilderness. A man who had been  drinking            caused the leak when he shot the pipeline with a big-game  rifle. The            pipeline carries about 1 million barrels of oil a day,  prompting a halt            to almost a fifth of U.S. domestic production.

October  18 -            BRAZIL - Brazilian and foreign teams prepared to begin  salvaging            a tanker that hit underwater rocks, spewing a highly flammable  oil product            into the sea and forcing closure of the country's primary port  for grain            shipments. State oil giant Petrobras, which owns the tanker,  said about            103,000 gallons (392,000 litres) of naphtha, an oil product  lighter            than gasoline, spilled into the Paranagua port area, some 380  miles            (600 km) southwest of Rio.

November 21 - GERMANY - Almost 2,000 tonnes of nitric  acid has            spilled into the Rhine river, when motor tank barge Stolt  Rotterdam            sank during a disastrous discharging operation. The 1988-built  chemical            tanker was discharging the acid at Erdoelchemie Uerdingen when  crew            noticed fumes coming from the bottom of the barge. An  emergency response            was initiated, but a store room caught fire, forcing the crew  and everyone            in the surrounding area to evacuate as the vessel sank,  emptying 1,895            tonnes of nitric acid into the river.

December 11 - FINLAND - Oil from a spill off the  country's west            coast has washed ashore on some 1.24 miles of Ruissalo  island's coastline,            and the spill is now three kilometers long and a kilometer  wide. 10            vessels are involved in operations to contain and sweep up the  oil,            but the source of the spill is still unknown.