Wednesday, June 3, 2009

ExxonMobil reports zero marine oil spills in 2008

ExxonMobil Corp. reports zero spills from ExxonMobil-operated and long-term chartered marine vessels in 2008. That is quite a contrast from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.

The single-hulled tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef off Alaska, spilling 270,000 bbl of crude. Consequently, Congress passed the 1990 Oil Pollution Act requiring tankers operating in US waters to have double hulls.

ExxonMobil’s recent marine performance statistics was part of the company’s 2008 Corporate Citizenship Report. The company notes that its marine affiliates continue to provide safe, secure, and reliable marine transportation.

Marine affiliates of ExxonMobil help develop voluntary industry initiatives, including implementation of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Tanker Management and Self Assessment, a best practice guide for ship operators.

ExxonMobil said it’s committed to preventing spills from all its operations. The number of spills greater than 1 bbl in 2008 was down by over 60% since 2001. ExxonMobil’s total volume of hydrocarbons spilled in 2008 was about 20,000 bbl, most of which was recovered at the site of the spill.

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