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Intertanko: Massive oil spills when bunkering

A significant number of oil spills occur when ships are bunkering oil in the ports, warns the CEO of the tank shipping companies' international assoctiation Intertanko, and calls for increased cooperation between companies and governments.

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When the world's ships are bunkering oil in the ports a significant waste of oil often occurs, said Katharina Stanzel, CEO of the international association of tanker shipping companies, Intertanko, at an international conference on oil and chemical pollution held in Singapore, writes Sustainable Shipping. She therefore called for increased cooperation between companies and governments in regards to readiness and efforts to prevent oil spills.

The problem with bunker spills in the ports is the fact that it can be a difficult substance to disperse once it gets in the water, said technical director of International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), Richard H. Johnson, according to Sustainable Shipping:

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