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Oil spills and discharges

Environmental Goal

To reduce the amount of oil spilt in South African waters
 

Indicator

 

Marine oil spills

Incidents and volume of marine oil spills in South Africa's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), 1987–2001
Source: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: Marine and Coastal Management and National Ports Authority
 
Incidents and volume of marine oil spills in South Africa's
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), 1987–2001
 

Year

Tonnes  

Year

Tonnes

1987

12

 

1995

344

1988

88

 

1996

3 051

1989

10 020

 

1997

428

1990

1 679

 

1998

293

1991

3 105

 

1999

439

1992

67 155

 

2000

1 340

1993

1 795

 

2001

0

1994

2 878

     
 
Source: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: Marine and Coastal Management and National Ports Authority
 

Are we making progress?

Since 1987, approximately 82 000 tonnes of oil have been accidentally or deliberately discharged into South African coastal waters.  The worst oil pollution incident occurred in 1992, when the Katina-P oil tanker sank off the coast of Mozambique, releasing over 67 000 tonnes of oil into the ocean.  This devastating oil spill was by far the worst such incident in several decades.  Other oil spills have released between 1 500 and 3 000 tonnes of oil into the sea per incident.  Stringent legislation promulgated since 1999 has greatly assisted in preventing further large-scale oil pollution incidents in South African waters.
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