08/13/2002 Incident du Cap Rouge II (SAR) : Le Cap Rouge II coule dans la rivière Fraser (Colombie-Britannique). Rapport du BST

January            22 - THAILAND - A huge oil slick has hit beaches in  Thailand's Rayong            Bay, a popular holiday spot south-east of the capital Bangkok,  and is            also said to be threatening the nearby resort island of Samet.  Some            100,000 litres of oil had spilled from the Panama-registered  tanker            Eastern Fortitude when it hit a rock in Rayong Bay a week  earlier. Authorities            have struggled to clean up the slick, now estimated to be at  least 400            m wide and about 3 km long, but complained they were not  alerted to            the accident until too late.

February            8 - UNITED STATES - A ship that sank nearly 50 years ago  is to blame            for a mystery oil spill that has killed more than 1,300 birds  since            November. The Coast Guard matched oil samples taken from the  SS Jacob            Luckenbach, located about 17 miles southwest of the Golden  Gate Bridge,            to those taken from oiled birds and the oil sheen that has  colored the            water. Just a drop or two of oil on a bird's feathers can  break the            animal's insulating layer and lead to hypothermia.

February            9 - NEW ZEALAND - A major clean-up operation is under way after a cargo ship  carrying            more than 700 tonnes of fuel ran aground a few hundred metres  from the            north island port of Gisborne. Already, several tonnes of  thick black            oil has drifted 400 metres to shore, polluting nearby rivers,  beaches            and coastline and sending noxious fumes over dozens of houses.  Whilst            conservation staff have already rescued a number of birds  affected by            oil in a local creek, wildlife casualties are expected to be  inevitable.

April            4 - JAPAN - A flotilla of ships has raced to contain an  oil slick            off Japan's western coast before it washes ashore. The  10-kilometer            (6.2-mile) long spill has been slowly moving towards the coast  since            it bubbled to the surface from a Belize-registered cargo ship  that sank            four days earlier, after colliding with a fishing boat.  Officials earlier            said the spill would likely hit the coast, but did not know  when or            where.

April            6 - USA - Strong wind hampered cleanup efforts as workers  tried            to contain a 90,000-gallon crude oil spill off the southeast  Louisiana            coast. Four-foot waves made it difficult for skimmers to  collect the            oil, but the Coast Guard said about 6,720 gallons had been  recovered.            No damage to wildlife had been reported, but officials  expected there            to be some shoreline impact.

June            12 - SINGAPORE - A collision between Thailand-registered  freighter            MV Hermion and Singapore-registered bunker tanker Neptank VII  has caused            about 450 tonnes of marine fuel oil to spill into the  south-eastern            waters of Singapore. Clean-up operations by the Maritime and  Port Authority            of Singapore (MPA) have largely contained the oil spill, but  broken            patches of oil remained visible in the Singapore Straits, and  oil booms            were placed off the waters of Marina Bay and Sentosa.

July            31 - ROMANIA - Tons of oil gushed into a river in southern  Romania            after torrential rains damaged a pipeline. The spill occurred  in the            Prahova River near the village of Manesti, some 50 kilometers  north            of the capital, Bucharest. The water damaged the pipeline near  a refinery            owned by a state oil company, Conpet. Authorities placed dams  along            the Prahova to prevent oil from spilling into the Danube  River, and            police guarded the area overnight to prevent people from  throwing flammable            objects into the river.

September            12 - SOUTH AFRICA - Salvage teams and ecologists are  battling to            contain a spill of oil and chemicals from a blazing cargo  vessel, and            to prevent tides from pushing the spill into the pristine  Saint Lucia            wetlands, a wildlife sanctuary nearby. Wildlife officials have  warned            that a serious oil spill could pollute the Umfolozi River and a  nearby            estuary, and damage mangroves, crocodiles, hippos and a turtle  nesting            area in the park. Reefs off the area are also popular among  scuba divers            for their wide variety of fish.

November            13 - SPAIN - Four tugs have failed in their attempts to  rescue a            leaking oil tanker with 77.000 tonnes of fuel aboard, which  later broke            in two and sank off the northwestern coast of Spain. The  Prestige, Greek-owned            and registered in the Bahamas, has leaked most of its cargo,  and the            oil is washing up on the Galician shores and approaching the  coastlines            of Portugal and France. All fishing activities have been  banned in the            area, and the incident is fast becoming one of the worst  ecological            disasters ever to happen.

November            23 - CHINA - A Chinese ship has collided with a  Maltese-registered            oil tanker, spreading an oil slick 2.5 miles by 1.4 miles  across the            Bohai sea. The Tianjin Maritime Bureau sent seven vessels to  clean up            the spill at the accident site. Preliminary inquiries indicate  the Tasman            Sea tanker, which was bound for Tianjin carrying 80.000 tons  of oil,            was anchored off the coast when the accident took place.

December            5 - SINGAPORE - A potentially disastrous crude oil spill  in Singapore            waters was contained to just 350 tonnes when a small general  cargo vessel            collided with a heavily-laden single-hulled tanker in the  middle of            the Singapore Straits. Two oil slicks measuring 2.5kmx300m and  2.5kmx500m            were spotted in Indonesian waters off the island of Bintan.